Research by Colby Lipscomb

  1. This primary source is an advertisement issued by the Sandy Creek Association in August of 1766. The Sandy Creek Association was a group of Quakers from Orange County that quickly evolved into the Regulator movement after adding people from other religions and groups. The advertisement is indicative of the rhetoric used by the Regulators to recruit members and represents the grievances they had with the government.

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2. “Some grievous oppressions” From Herman Husband, “An Impartial Relation” (1770)

This source is part of a writing by Regulator leader, Herman Husband. It outlines the main grievances that Husband and the Regulators had with Tryon and the colonial government. It is representative of the growth of the rhetoric and ideology within the Regulator movement, and represents well the rhetoric and beliefs of the Regulators at the height of the movement.

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3. Act of the North Carolina General Assembly concerning riots, “Johnston Riot Act” January 15, 1771

This act displays the response to the movement by the governor and the General Assembly. Enacted in January of 1771 by the General Assembly, this Act made gathering in a group of larger than 10 a felony, and greatly enraged the growing Regulator movement, only increasing tensions between the two groups. It represents the reaction to the Regulator movement by the colonial government.

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4. Boston Gazette, 22 July 1771

This article from the Boston Gazette in July of 1771 writes about the Regulator movement and represents the outside view of the conflict in North Carolina and the role that the movement played in affecting ideologies in the colonies outside of North Carolina. This source is particularly useful because it is from the perspective of Boston, one of the most radical anti-British towns in the colonies. This is a great source to better understand the full picture of the conflict and the reaction from outside of North Carolina.

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5. Minutes of the North Carolina Governor’s Council, March 18 – 19, 1771

These are minutes from a meeting of the North Carolina Governor’s Council in 1771 in which they discussed the Regulators. The minutes include a great letter from one of the leaders of the Regulator movement, Rednap Howell, and outline the Governor and his advisors’ reaction to it and decision to raise the militia to quell the insurrection. This source represents the beginning of the end of the conflict well and summarizes the reaction to the movement by the colonial government, specifically Tryon.

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