A Rabble In Arms: Massachusetts Towns And Militiamen During King Philip's War by Kyle F. ZelnerA Rabble In Arms: Massachusetts Towns And Militiamen During King Philip's War by Kyle F. Zelner

A Rabble In Arms: Massachusetts Towns And Militiamen During King Philip's War

byKyle F. Zelner

Paperback | November 1, 2010

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While it lasted only sixteen months, King Philip's War (1675-1676) was arguably one of the most significant of the colonial wars that wracked early America. As the first major military crisis to directly strike one of the Empire's most important possessions: the Massachusetts Bay Colony, King Philip's War marked the first time that Massachusetts had to mobilize mass numbers of ordinary, local men to fight. In this exhaustive social history and community study of Essex County, Massachusetts's militia, Kyle F. Zelner boldly challenges traditional interpretations of who was called to serve during this period.

Drawing on muster and pay lists as well as countless historical records, Zelner demonstrates that Essex County's more upstanding citizens were often spared from impressments, while the “rabble” — criminals, drunkards, the poor— were forced to join active fighting units, with town militia committees selecting soldiers who would be least missed should they die in action. Enhanced by illustrations and maps, A Rabble in Arms shows that, despite heroic illusions of a universal military obligation, town fathers, to damaging effects, often placed local and personal interests above colonial military concerns.

Title:A Rabble In Arms: Massachusetts Towns And Militiamen During King Philip's WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2010Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814797342

ISBN - 13:9780814797341

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“Zelner’s meticulously researched A Rabble in Arms provides an important corrective to an accepted narrative about democratic egalitarianism in New England towns. Indeed, Zelner’s findings on the social composition of armed forces, rural democracy and localism in colonial New England correspond with modern works on popular and political culture in early-modern England, as well as Revolutionary and early-national America.”-Guy Chet,author of Conquering the American Wilderness