Why Did Revolutionary-Era Farmers Avoid the Draft?

By |2019-05-14T13:56:59-05:00December 21st, 2016|Categories: American Founding, History, War|

Resistance to drafting was widespread in Revolutionary America. Almost all of this opposition to conscription came from Patriots… Farmers have never fared well by historians. As T.H. Breen has complained, farmers frequently have been falsely depicted “as simple rural folk.” Nor were the common people in the countryside a “sodden peasantry.” Nonetheless, some scholars [...]