THE SPRIG OF HEMLOCK by Robert Muir

THE SPRIG OF HEMLOCK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

That rag, tag and bobtail affair- Shays Rebellion- provides not only the background but the major part of the narrative in this period account of that armed revolt when the farmers, burdened by debts and taxes, made their show of protest. The Tuckers, who had lost one son in 1776, were to lose another now in 1786- when the gentle, bookish Abel and their youngest boy, Mark, go off to fight as the insurrection spreads and is organized under the rather reluctant Daniel Shays. And as the march on Springfield gets under way, there are brutal reprisals at home; Mark's girl, Martha West, is raped- and her home is burned to the ground before the small band of insurgents surrender and return home.... A first novel, its author keeps a careful eye on the facts of this small addition; the characters, and story, which have been filled in, have only an incidental and intermittent interest.

Publisher: Longmans, Green