The authority of the Government
of the United States
has been called in question, to a greater or less extent, on eleven different occasions, viz. :--
The first was in 1782, and was a conspiracy of several officers of the Federal
army to consolidate the thirteen States into one, and confer the supreme power on Washington
The second was in 1787, called “Shay
's insurrection,” in Massachusetts
The third was in 1794, popularly called “The whisky insurrection of Pennsylvania
The fourth was in 1814, by the Hartford Convention Federalists.
The fifth--on which occasion the different sections of the Union
came into collision — was in 1820, under the administration of President Monroe
, and occurred on the question of the admission of Missouri
into the Union
The sixth was a collision between the Legislature of Georgia and the Federal Government
, in regard to certain lands, given by the latter to the Creek Indians
The seventh was in 1820, with the Cherokees, in Georgia
The eighth was the memorable nullifying ordinance of South Carolina
, in 1832.
The ninth was in 1842, and occurred in Rhode Island
, between the “Suffrage Association” and the State
The tenth was in 1856, on the part of the Mormons, who resisted Federal authority.
The eleventh, the present (1861) rebellion in the Southern States