The Workers in American History by James OnealThe Workers in American History by James Oneal

The Workers in American History

byJames Oneal

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1912. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Chapter VIII The Constitutional Convention, a Conspiracy "It is not too much to say," writes the historian, Fiske, "that the period of five years following the peace of 1783 was the most critical moment in all the history of the American people."1 It was a critical period--for the smugglers, speculators, slavers and others of the privileged classes, for it seemed to these that the great landed empire, tremendous resources and power which the Revolution gave them all hung in the balance and with strong possibility that the insurgent poor would secure these advantages for themselves. The workers by their heroism and sacrifices at Bunker Hill and Yorktown; by their sufferings during the terrible winter at Valley Forge had won the Revolution and were certainly entitled to the fruits of victory or, at least, deserved exceptional consideration. But the last shot had scarcely been fired till these veterans, retracing their weary steps homeward, were confronted with a terrible situation. It is doubtful whether history affords another such example of the shameless ingratitude and contemptible greed displayed by a ruling class toward its benefactors that the "Fathers" displayed toward the poor veterans of the war. The farmers and laborers found that while they were at the front risking their lives in the struggle the wealthy classes were confiscating their little farms and household goods for debts contracted during the war and imprisoning thousands for debt. The rebellion which this process of confiscation provoked constitutes the "critical period" referred to by Fiske. With this historian, as with most others, the poor rebels are viewed as a senseless mob of fanatics for not submitting quietly to the wholesale confiscation without protest. lFiske, "The Critical Period of Am...

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Title:The Workers in American HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:January 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217764274

ISBN - 13:9780217764278

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