This is Part VI of a series on the more than 40 micro-rebellions that have occurred in America since the Revolutionary War. The causes of these uprisings have been sparked by political grievances, economic injustices, racial bigotry and paranoia. The Capitol Insurrection of January 6th is not without precedent and understanding what sparked these earlier revolts makes it easier to understand what caused the January 6th uprising. Part VI covers the Political Rebellions of the last half of the 20th Century and The January 6th Insurrection at The Capitol.

The Attica Prison Riot, or Attica Prison uprising, occurred in 1971…


This is Part V of a series on the more than 40 micro-rebellions that have occurred in America since the Revolutionary War. The causes of these uprisings have been sparked by political grievances, economic injustices, racial bigotry and paranoia. The Capitol Insurrection of January 6th is not without precedent and understanding what sparked these earlier revolts makes it easier to understand what caused the January 6th uprising. Part V covers the Political Rebellions of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

The Dorr Rebellion, which took place from 1841 to 1842, was an attempt by middle-class residents to force broader democracy in…


This is Part IV of a series on the more than 40 micro-rebellions that have occurred in America since the Revolutionary War. The causes of these uprisings have been sparked by political grievances, economic injustices, racial bigotry and paranoia. The Capitol Insurrection of January 6th is not without precedent and understanding what sparked these earlier revolts makes it easier to understand what caused the January 6th uprising. Part IV covers the Labor Wars.

There have been approximately 20 violent labor rebellions in the 156 years since The Civil War ended. Workers struck against railroad magnates, coal mine operators and factory…


This is Part III of a series on the more than 40 micro-rebellions that have occurred in America since the Revolutionary War. The causes of these uprisings have been sparked by political grievances, economic injustices, racial bigotry and paranoia. The Capitol Insurrection of January 6th is not without precedent and understanding what sparked these earlier revolts makes it easier to understand what caused the January 6th uprising. Part III covers Racist, White Supremacist Uprisings.

The New York City Draft Riots of 1863 — Enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation in January of 1863 capped two years of increasing support for emancipation…


This is Part II of a series on the more than 40 micro-rebellions that have occurred in America since the Revolutionary War. The causes of these uprisings have been sparked by political grievances, economic injustices, racial bigotry and paranoia. The Capitol Insurrection of January 6th is not without precedent and understanding what sparked these earlier revolts makes it easier to understand what caused the January 6th uprising. Part II covers The Freedom Rebellions of the 19th Century.

The German Coast Uprising

In 1811, black slaves in parts of the Territory of Orleans revolted against plantation owners. Although the rebels only…


This is Part I of a series on the more than 40 micro-rebellions that have occurred in America since the Revolutionary War. These uprisings have been sparked by political grievances, economic injustices, racial bigotry and paranoia. The Capitol Insurrection of January 6th is not without precedent. Understanding what sparked these earlier revolts makes it easier to understand what caused the January 6th uprising. Part I covers the early economic revolts.

Introduction

Images of Trump cultists and white supremacists storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6th horrified most Americans who were mortified by the spasmodic violence and the sacking and destruction…


In the past few days, two coalitions of more than 20 state attorneys general sued the U.S. Postal Service to restore service because, the lawsuits allege, those cuts threaten the delivery of tens of millions of ballots in the November election and the integrity of the election itself.

The actions filed, so far initiated by Democratic attorneys general from blue states, are led by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. New York’s and Washington D.C.’s AG’s have filed separate actions in federal court on behalf of voters and political candidates. …


The early months of the Civil War did not go well for the North. The South was galvanized, passionate about repelling the Yankee invaders who threatened to deprive the South of its way of life and destroy its economy by freeing the slaves.

The North, possessed of the world’s next great industrial society, was nonetheless weak and divided. Northern Democrats wanted to defend the Union but were fiercely opposed to freeing the slaves. Republicans also wanted to preserve the Union but were divided on the slavery issue. …


Eliot wrote poetry on world desolation
Dylan lamented man’s cruelty, his demons
They both thought they knew all about dystopia
While yearning and wishing for a new world utopia

So what would T.S. think if he were still around?
And what’s going through Bobby Z’s mind most profound
Prufrock proved Eliot was a great kidder
Robert is Nobel’s folkrock heavy hitter
And neither’d be amused by today’s goings on

We live through two plagues, both most biblical
One’s easily explained, its origins quite viral
The other’s a conundrum, tough to explain
A near-mortal wound on mankind’s jugular vein

How best…


You Can Learn A Lot Sheltering in Place
(With Apologies to Dr. Seuss and Roger Angell)

Friends of mine sheltering are all quite industrious
They harbor in place because they’re all jobless
Myriad tasks, improvement and enterprise
Jobs large and small but mostly mid-size

Painting walls, tossing balls, cooking meatballs
Write music, build bookshelves, smooth sheetrock walls
Lay floors, plane doors, imagine a trip to Victoria Falls
Wearing coveralls they do major home overhauls

My goals are set for a far higher calling Improving my mind, absorbing more learning Meditating, cogitating, thinking deep thoughts To keep the old noodle from…

Herbert L. Klein

Retired corporate counsel to a major automaker, history buff, avid baseball fan and golfer, proud to have been a newspaperman many years ago.

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