By Theodore Rosengarten
Nate Shaw's father was once born below slavery. Nate Shaw used to be born right into a bondage that was once just a little gentler. on the age of 9, he used to be determining 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 expense him twelve years in felony. This positive autobiography, assembled from the eighty-four-year-old Shaw's oral memories, 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 carry these adjustments about.
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The first "improvers," poor amid their abundance, found in whiskey the means of moving their grain to market. The pattern BOURBON'S COUNTRY COUSIN 27 came from Maryland and Pennsylvania where the farmers had done the same thing with their rye crops; not because rye was better, but because it was there. The seaboard states, being the home of rye, then mainly an eastern grain, became accustomed to rye whiskey, while the frontiersmen of the new West settled down happily with their crock of ambrosia condensed from the corn-spirit.
Hamilton ordered a roundup of many of the rebels and personally interrogated the most important ones. Brackenridge, incidentally, came off well in his encounter with Hamilton, who declared that he was satisfied with Brackenridge's conduct. By the time the expedition had crossed the mountains, the uprising was already coming apart at the seams. David Bradford, who had been excluded from the offer of amnesty, fled to Spanish Louisiana. About two thousand of the best riflemen in the West also left the country, including many a distiller, who loaded his pot still on a pack horse or a keel boat and sought asylum in Kentucky where, hopefully, a man could make "the creature" WATERMELON ARMIES AND WHISKEY BOYS 21 without giving the public debt a lift.
A distilling industry centered on Salem, Newport, Medford and Boston turned the molasses into rum-originally "rumbullion"-which penetrated deeply into the social and economic life of Americans for the next one hundred and fifty years. A relative newcomer among the world's spirituous drinks, and not a native one to the continental United States, rum nevertheless became the most profitable manufactured article produced in New England. In 1807 Boston had no fewer than forty rum distilleries, Rhode Island about the same number, and it used to be said that for every missionary sent out to Christianize Africa, ten thousand gallons of rum went along for more secular purposes.
All God's Dangers by Theodore Rosengarten