By Theodore Rosengarten
Nate Shaw's father used to be born below slavery. Nate Shaw used to be born right into a bondage that used to be just a little gentler. on the age of 9, he used to be selecting cotton for thirty-five cents an hour. on the age of forty-seven, he confronted down a crowd of white deputies who had come to confiscate a neighbor's crop. His defiance rate him twelve years in legal. This effective autobiography, assembled from the eighty-four-year-old Shaw's oral recollections, is the plain-spoken tale of an "over-average" guy who witnessed wrenching alterations within the lives of Southern black humans -- and whose unassuming braveness helped deliver these alterations about.
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These events served to produce a better feeling toward the Union. If the rising was a failure, so was the liquor tax. The military adventure alone, without ordinary costs of collection, ran up a bill of $1,500,000, or about one third of all the money that was realized during the life of the revenue act. The excise was quietly repealed during Jefferson's administration. Yet the watermelon armies and the Whiskey Boys made a not inconsiderable contri- WATERMELON ARMIES AND WHISKEY BOYS 23 bution to our constitutional history.
Bradford's dream was the establishment of an independent state with himself cast as a sort of Washington of the West. Elected by acclaim as Major General, he dashed about the field on a superb horse in a fancy uniform, his sword flashing, plumes floating out from his hat. As he harangued the multitude, Bradford received applications for commissions in the service ofwhat? No one quite knew. " While the panic-stricken burghers buried the silver and locked up the girls, the mob marched in on what is now Fourth Avenue to the vicinity of the present Baltimore and Ohio Railroad station.
With grain the most abundant commodity west of the mountains, the farmers could eat it or drink it, but they couldn't sell it in distant markets unless it was reduced in bulk and enhanced in value. A Pennsylvania farmer's "best holt," then, was whiskey. A pack-horse could move only four bushels of grain. But it could carry twenty-four bushels if it was condensed into two kegs of whiskey slung across its back, while the price of the goods would double when they reached the eastern markets. So whiskey be- 14 THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF BOURBON came the remittance of the fringe settlements for salt, sugar, nails, bar iron, pewter plates, powder and shot.