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ENGLISH TYRANNY VERSUS AMERICAN LIBERTY

Saul Cornell

in A Well-Regulated Militia

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195147865
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788644 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147865.003.0002
 ENGLISH TYRANNY VERSUS AMERICAN LIBERTY

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This chapter opens with a brief description of the Liberty Riot, which marked a turning point in America's relationship with Britain. The right to bear arms as a civic obligation, the debate over bearing arms in the first state constitutions, the Massachusetts Constitution's provision of keeping and bearing arms, and Shays's rebellion are discussed.

Keywords: John Hancock; American revolution; right to bear arms; militia; Massachusetts Constitution; Shays's rebellion

Chapter.  9542 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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