Shays' Settlement in Vermont: A Story of Revolt and Archaeology

Book Shays' Settlement in Vermont: A Story of Revolt and Archaeology

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- By: Stephen D. Butz(Author)
- Language: English
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:144
- Publisher: The History Press (August 21, 2017)
- Bestsellers rank: 6
- Category: Arts & Photography
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The ruins of Daniel Shays's fortified settlement reveal the hidden story of the famous rebellion. Shays and the Regulators founded the settlement deep in the Vermont wilderness after fleeing the uprising they led in 1787 in Massachusetts. Rediscovered in 1997 and under study since 2013, these remnants divulge secrets of Shays's life that previously remained unknown, including his connection to Millard Filmore and the Anti-Federalist lawyer John Bay. As the leader of the site's first formal study, Stephen D. Butz weaves together the tale of the archaeological investigation, along with Shays's heroic life in the Continental army, his role in the infamous rebellion that bears his name and his influence on American law.

Stephen Butz is an educator, writer, archaeologist and environmental scientist who has taught at the secondary and college level for over twenty years. Steve gained his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Cornell University and has published numerous books on the subjects of science, history and technology. Steve is a co-director of the Shays' Settlement Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting historic research, scientific inquiry and educational outreach. He lives along the Vermont-New York border, where he continues to teach, run the Shays' Settlement archaeology field school and work on his various research projects.


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  • By Bill on December 17, 2017

    As part of my ancestry research, I have read local histories of the Connecticut River Valley in western Massachusetts. This inevitably leads one to read about Shays's Rebellion. I have some evidence that my distant ancestors were part of this and so I added this book to my collection. The book is a very interesting read, but it is quite speculative and a little short on substantiation particularly with regard to the site and it's occupants.The author does make that clear, to his credit. I enjoyed the book.. I thought the author's questions were good ones and wished for more answers. I hope the site investigation continues and names are found for the people of the colony and what became of them.

  • By Guest on November 5, 2017

    This book is relevant in today's United States where we again have a corrupt and autocratic government that seeks to devalue our Constitution. Men such as Shays, and more than a dozen of my ancestors - contemporary patriots of Shays - put their lives and livelihoods on the line to form this government and Constitution. The lesson is in this book.

  • By DR on September 14, 2017

    I read this after seeing a presentation that the author did locally. This is an excellent summary of both the archeological research at Shays' Settlement site and Shays Rebellion itself. By moving between the archeology and the history in alternating chapters, the author is really able to tie the 2 concepts together, keeping us interested in both.In addition to literally breaking new ground at the archeological sit, the author also breaks new historical ground with his research into documents surrounding land sales to and by Shays and his fellow rebels. This introduces important new questions about the funding of Shays' group after they left Massachusetts, and sheds new light on early American political allegiances.We also see how Shays may have influenced a young Millard Fillmore after Shays left Vermont, and how this may have led indirectly to the elimination of debtors prisons in the U.S.This is a book that is fascinating for local history buffs, but also goes beyond that to look at the rebellion generally and its longer term effects.Highly recommended!

  • By eileen charbonneau on September 22, 2017

    Did you know that Vermont provided home and protection for refugees from Shays Rebellion?Stephen Butz’s Shays’ Settlement in Vermont is the story of both the eighteenth century revolt and the archaeological adventure that led to the discovery of the ruins of the fortified community of refugees deep in the Vermont wilderness. This first formal study of the site’s secrets has been ongoing since 2013 and has yielded remarkable results, many pictured in Butz’s account of his team’s findings. In parallel chapters, the remarkable life of Danial Shays unfolds. From Revolutionary War captain to leader of a rebellion against injustices in post war Massachusetts, to wanted fugitive to pardoned pensioner, Shays exploits influenced the U.S. Constitution’s inclusion of individual rights and laws that put an end to debtors prisons. What a, illuminating, cearly-told and fascinating book!


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