By Marjoleine Kars

Ten years sooner than the beginning of the yankee Revolution, backcountry settlers within the North Carolina Piedmont introduced their very own defiant bid for financial independence and political liberty. The Regulator uprising of 1766-71 pitted hundreds of thousands of farmers, lots of them non secular radicals encouraged by way of the nice Awakening, opposed to political and financial elites who adverse the Regulators' proposed reforms. The clash culminated on may possibly sixteen, 1771, whilst a colonial armed forces defeated greater than 2,000 armed farmers in a pitched conflict close to Hillsborough. no less than 6,000 Regulators and sympathizers have been pressured to swear their allegiance to the govt because the triumphant troops undertook a punitive march via Regulator settlements. Seven farmers have been hanged.

Using assets that come with diaries, church mins, felony papers, and the richly certain debts of the Regulators themselves, Marjoleine Kars delves deeply into the area and beliefs of unfastened rural colonists. She examines the rebellion's financial, spiritual, and political roots and explores its legacy in North Carolina and past. The compelling tale of the Regulator uprising finds simply how sharply elite and well known notions of independence differed at the eve of the Revolution.

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