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

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Arcadia Publishing, 2017 - History - 176 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Foreword
9
Daniel Shays Colonial Soldier
13
The Shays Settlement Project Begins
22
The André Affair
30
The Archaeology of Shays Settlement Part 1
39
A Postwar Crisis Brews
55
The Archaeology of Shays Settlement Part 2
68
Escape into Vermont
107
The Archaeology of Shays Settlement Part 4
123
Shays Seeks Pardon
134
The Archaeology of Shays Settlement Part 5
149
The Death of the Settlement and the Birth of an American Law
151
Archaeological and Historical Conclusions
157
References
165
Index
169

Daniel Shays Leads a Rebellion
75
The Archaeology of Shays Settlement Part 3
103
About the Author
173
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About the author (2017)

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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