Artful and Designing Men
The Trials of Job Shattuck and the Regulation of 1786-1787
by Gary Shattuck
It is not often that descriptions of historical events can be rewritten absent compelling evidence that those past accounts were somehow in error. But that is precisely the result when new-found court documents, presumed to not even exist, shed surprising new light on the involvement of Capt. Job Shattuck, one of the principal leaders in the event history has come to call 'Shays's Rebellion.' In Artful and Designing Men: The Trials of Job Shattuck and the Regulation of 1786-1787, Gary Shattuck (half-nephew, seven generations removed) delves deeply into the significant contributions made by this charismatic and well-respected veteran of the Seven Years' War, the Revolutionary War, and community member as he transitioned from peaceful town father to protest leader. Tried and sentenced to death for high treason, shocking new information provided during his trial now forces a reassessment of this honorable man's actions, resulting in the deserved rehabilitation of a reputation that history has denied until now.
'I have been studying Shays' Rebellion for more than 30 years and haven't seen a fresh perspective on the topic until I read this book....'
-David P. Szatmary, author of Shays' Rebellion: The Making of an Agrarian Insurrection
'This meticulously researched book paves the way for the long overdue rehabilitation of the character and reputation of Job Shattuck, a true champion for the voice of the people in Revolutionary America. Thank you, Gary Shattuck.'
-Thomas Keefe Callahan, member Board of Directors, Groton (Massachusetts) Historical Society and author 'The Voice of the People of This County: The Birth of Popular Politics and Support for the Shaysite Insurrection in Groton, Massachusetts.'
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