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ERIC Number: EJ694975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Reading the Riot Act: Rhetoric, Psychology, and Counter-Revolutionary Discourse in Shays's Rebellion, 1786-1787
Engels, Jeremy
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v91 n1 p63-88 Feb 2005
In 1786, backcountry Massachusetts farmers, fed up with government policies favoring aristocratic elites, marched on courts to bar the entry of judges and juries. Enacting a long-standing tradition known to colonists as a "Regulation," the farmers' movement became known as Shays's Rebellion. Erupting in the turbulent days following the War for Independence, yet predating the formation of the national Constitution, Shays's Rebellion was understood as a crucial post-war attempt to deploy state violence to manage popular dissent; thus, Shays's Rebellion produced deeply problematic yet lasting rhetorical conventions for justifying the compromised forms of republicanism that mark the early republic. (Contains 57 end notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - General
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts