Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
17th-century English kings repeatedly tried to shape Massachusetts Bay into a colony that would bring wealth and an abundant supply of resources to their emerging empire. The colonists, however, thought differently. And so in the 1660s, colonists mobilized to protect the liberties set out in their original charter, and they did so by engaging in strategic forms of resistance. They successfully defied four royal commissioners who came to the colonies to enforce Charles II's demands. Throughout these events, the men and women of Massachusetts developed a constitutional culture that prioritized consent and limitations on arbitrary rule. This compelling talk uncovers the earliest acts of colonist resistance to the English crown.