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 revolución!


  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.