By Howard Zinn
Recognized for its energetic, transparent prose in addition to its scholarly learn, A People's historical past of the us is the one quantity to inform America's tale from the perspective of -- and within the phrases of -- America's girls, manufacturing facility staff, African americans, local americans, operating bad, and immigrant employees.
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The movement in North Carolina was called the Regulator movement, and it consisted, says Marvin L. " The Regulators referred to themselves as "poor Industrious peasants," as "labourers," "the wretched poor," "oppressed" by "rich and powerful . . " They resented the tax system, which was especially burdensome on the poor, and the combination of merchants and lawyers who worked in the courts to collect debts from the harassed farmers. In the western counties where the movement developed, only a small percentage of the households had slaves, and 41 percent of these were concentrated, to take one sample western county, in less than 2 percent of the households.
They then, with axes and other instruments, broke open the prison door, and took out the two prisoners. As also one other prisoner, that was confined for debt, and went away. Through this period, England was fighting a series of wars (Queen Anne's War in the early 1700s, King George's War in the 1730s). Some merchants made fortunes from these wars, but for most people they meant higher taxes, unemployment, poverty. " He spoke of a few men, fed by "Lust of Power, Lust of Fame, Lust of Money," who got rich during the war.
Levelling was to be behind countless actions of poor whites against the rich in all the English colonies, in the century and a half before the Revolution. The servants who joined Bacon's Rebellion were part of a large underclass of miserably poor whites who came to the North American colonies from European cities whose governments were anxious to be rid of them. In England, the development of commerce and capitalism in the 1500s and 1600s, the enclosing of land for the production of wool, filled the cities with vagrant poor, and from the reign of Elizabeth on, laws were passed to punish them, imprison them in workhouses, or exile them.
A People's History of the United States : 1492-Present (Perennial Classics) by Howard Zinn