Third Thursday: “The Rebel and the Tory" with authors Nick Muller and Gary Shattuck
This monthly series featuring Vermont scholars will cover new research and ideas about the Green Mountain State.
November 19, 2020: “The Rebel and the Tory: Ethan Allen, Philip Skene, and the Dawn of Vermont” with authors Nick Muller and Gary Shattuck.
The Rebel and The Tory shines a fresh light on the long-accepted origin story of Vermont, which has remained static for about 200 years. The Ejectment Trials of 1770, when settlers and leaders of the New Hampshire Grants turned from petitions and court proceedings to violent resistance against legitimate New York authority, are considered a critical inflection point by many historians. No historians have ever read the transcripts of the Ejectment Trials—until now. The reality of the Ejectment Trials turns out to be markedly different from their portrayal for the past two centuries. The authors also restore Philip Skene, a principal player scheming with Ethan Allen and other revolutionaries to create a new colony with the capacity to resolve the Grants controversy, to his rightful place at the center of Vermont’s founding.
This new publication from the Vermont Historical Society is also available for sale through the VHS book store.