Move to Amend Reports on the History of Shay's Rebellion

August 25, 2016

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Who the hell is Daniel Shays and what exactly was Shays' Rebellion? Historian Ray Raphael has spent his lifetime debunking American founding myths. In so doing he’s unearthed the stories of American revolutionaries like Shays and the Massachusetts farmers of 1786, who changed the course of US democracy. Listen and learn from this fascinating account of one of the US's first uprisings in this edition of Move to Amend Reports!

Over the last decade, Ray Raphael has emerged as one of our leading writers on the birth of the United States. In 2001 his acclaimed People’s History of the American Revolution widened history’s lens to include those not generally present in tales of our nation’s founding. In 2004 Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past established new standards for future renderings of our nation’s birth. In 2009 he incorporated his work into an original synthesis featuring seven diverse characters, Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation, and in 2011 he was asked to create another broad synthesis for a different audience: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Founding Fathers and the Birth of Our Nation. Recently he has focused on the historical context of the Constitution. Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive was published in 2012 and Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right was released in 2013.

To learn more about Ray’s work, visit www.rayraphael.com.


Move to Amend Reports is hosted by Laura Bonham and Egberto Willies, members of Move to Amend's National Leadership Team. Executive producer is Keyan Bliss. Production team is Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Keyan Bliss, Laura Bonham, Egberto Willies, and Renee Babcock.

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