Thursday, March 03, 2011

Help! I'm Being Oppressed!

Here's the kind of indignities through which the English kings used to put the American colonists:

"In 1661 King Charles II explicitly forbade Massachusetts from executing anyone for professing Quakerism. In 1684 England revoked the Massachusetts charter, sent over a royal governor to enforce English laws in 1686, and in 1689 passed a broad Toleration act." -- Wikipedia

Can you imagine that? Stopping us from executing Quakers? Viva la revoluciĆ³n!


  1. presumably the situation deteriorated over the ensuing century...

  2. Historical research by presumption, hey?

  3. Ambrose Bierce references this kind of thing in his take on "America":

    My country, 'tis of thee,
    Sweet land of felony,
    Of thee I sing--
    Land where my fathers fried
    Young witches and applied
    Whips to the Quaker's hide
    And made him spring.


Current review queue

Pearce: British Journal for the History of Philosophy Deneen: The American Conservative Chao-Reiss: Computing Reviews