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Declarations of Independence: Encyclopedia of American Autonomous and Secessionist Movements

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From tax rebels to religious dissidents, it's amazing that the United States of America haven't fallen apart, though it has not been for lack of trying. While the Confederate States of America is the best-known secessionist movement in our history, the South is far from the only example of Americans' declaring independence from Washington DC and the federal government. From runaway slaves to religious visionaries, from Native Americans to tax-shelter seeking wealthy, the quest for political, religious, and ...

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Declarations of Independence: Encyclopedia of American Autonomous and Secessionist Movements

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Overview

From tax rebels to religious dissidents, it's amazing that the United States of America haven't fallen apart, though it has not been for lack of trying. While the Confederate States of America is the best-known secessionist movement in our history, the South is far from the only example of Americans' declaring independence from Washington DC and the federal government. From runaway slaves to religious visionaries, from Native Americans to tax-shelter seeking wealthy, the quest for political, religious, and economic independence has been a constant force in our country over the centuries.

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"This encyclopedia contains entries on nationalist, secessionist, and autonomist movements in the US that occurred since the beginning of the American Revolution. Entries are organized alphabetically and consist of geographic regions and movements, with background history as part of the discussion. These include Mormonism, the Republic of New Afrika, the Dakota, the Cherokee Nation, the South, and some US states and regions within them. Movements that did not aim to secure political independence as a nation or state are excluded, in addition to Amish and communal movements or those at the local level. Most Native American movements are also omitted."

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"Most events related by Erwin are seldom, if ever, taught in history classes. His research allows readers and now you know the rest of the story ^D'a la Paul Harvey….[a]n intriguing subject."

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VOYA - Pam Carlson
Throughout U.S. history, when people felt that their rights were being ignored, they have sought (and fought) to be independent of the country. These intentions to separate result from a disagreement with government policies that might be religious or racial in nature or arise from just plain greed. Almost all such efforts are doomed from the start because of inferior military power, inadequate funds, and poor leadership. Most tragic are the accounts of the Native Americans and their hope to remain as sovereign nations even as more settlers arrived and the new government gained strength. Some secessionists were people dreaming of their own kingdoms. Others were entire states, as during the Civil War. Cities accidentally deleted from state maps declared their independence with good humor, charging small tolls to tourists and creating flags. Most events related by Erwin are seldom, if ever, taught in history classes. His research allows readers to enjoy "and now you know the rest of the story" moments ss la Paul Harvey. Each entry is followed by a short bibliography. Unfortunately no photos or maps are included, any of which would have added to the appeal of what is still an intriguing subject. The price, however, might prevent most libraries from purchasing this work. One flaw can be found in the entry for California, which refers to immigrants rather than illegal aliens as a source of current unrest in the state.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313332678
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2006
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES L. ERWIN is an independent scholar.

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