In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 25, 2012/ 5 Tammuz, 5772

A little noted rebellion over a lonely stretch of land helps tell the American story

By David Shribman

JewishWorldReview.com | PITTSBURG, N.H. -- This is a remote part of the world, squeezed between Vermont, Maine and Canada. Take the steep climb above the tree line on the Coot Trail on Mount Magalloway -- the name means "dwelling place of moose" -- and then ascend the 50 additional steps to the top of the fire watch tower and you will see a vast expanse of northern white cedar and sparkling water, a rugged redoubt of individualism and independence. That's in normal times. In times of rebellion, such as the one that ranged across this region nearly two centuries ago, it's even more forbidding.

Forbidding -- and forgotten amid the ferns and fir. Even the magnificence of Garfield Falls, produced by the Dead Diamond River, doesn't soften the harshness of this land, for here beauty can be an obstacle. In the old days, the 40-foot drop was a formidable challenge for log drivers.

Even today, this is an almost empty part of America. At 296 square miles, Pittsburg is the largest incorporated town in all of New England. This spring the high school's graduating class numbered five students. Don't even try to make a cell call.

Don't worry about traffic lights, either. The closest one is about an hour south. This is an area of contention, not congestion. The only backups occur when a moose grazes along the road. It happens a lot.

In this tranquil land of lakes and loons, where the horizon is jagged but the view unimpeded by any contrivance of man -- a place that Lainie Castine, a sturdy and studious mountain guide, calls "very awesome" -- upheaval once ruled.

Some 175 years ago one of the most passionate political debates in American history occurred in these hills, the echoes carrying to Ottawa and Washington, London and Amsterdam. Rebellion ruled. A European king was defied. An empire was spurned. All because 56 people in homespun flax, homemade boots, moose-hide moccasins and hand-knit wool socks decided they wanted to form their own country.

That country was called the Indian Stream Republic, and don't look for it in your textbook because it's not there, which is why it's a stretch to say that these 56 rebels made history. But they made a statement, or even two. They asserted that the business of providing order and creating a society in which basic law prevailed was theirs and nobody else's. And they said that the American impulse for independence didn't end with the War for Independence.

"This rebellion fostered a sense of independence that runs strong and true to this day," said John Harrigan, the former owner and editor of the Colebrook News and Sentinel, published not far from here. "There is a fierce sense of place and identity here. People took it upon themselves when they were sick of the government to change things."

Today, when secession is a settled issue, the causes of the rebellion here are forgotten. It grew out of a complicated set of grievances stemming from a land grant from an Indian leader that prompted a simple question in a region full of stands of cedar and stands on principle but fairly empty of people, save for the trappers, hunters, scouts and rangers who wandered through on their way to someplace else.

That question: Did American or British law apply to land ownership here?

The rebels decided that the land was neither American nor Canadian. It was theirs.

"To us in the North Country and to anyone interested in constitutions, this is of enormous consequence," said Jere Daniell, a retired Dartmouth historian specializing in the history and character of northern New England. "This is the last vestige of creating a polity by writing a constitution in New England -- a process that the United States invented. By writing their own constitution they sought to legitimize the land grants they were already acting under. This is a fundamental concept."

All this started after the king of the Netherlands, acting as arbitrator, awarded this long-contested territory to Great Britain, transforming the residents of this hard land into Canadians, throwing earlier land disputes and settlements into uncertainty, and imposing customs duties on agricultural products moving freely here.

In the middle of haying season, five dozen angry men trundled into the schoolhouse, talked bravely of rebellion and approved a constitution for the Republic "of the tract of land situated between Hall's Stream and the stream issuing from Lake Connecticut." Their bill of rights included religious freedom, prohibitions against legal double jeopardy, a ban on unreasonable search and seizure -- and the right to organize their own government.

"The people inhabiting the territory formerly called Indian Stream Territory do solemnly and neutrally agree," they said, "to exercise all the powers of a free, sovereign and independent state so far as it relates to our internal Government till such time as we can ascertain to what Government we properly belong." Three voted no.

The new government set jurors' fees at four cents a mile for travel, kept liquor a quarter-mile from government offices and provided that each inhabitant could keep one cow, one hog, three tons of hay, $20 worth of farm tools, five bushels of potatoes and two bushels of salt free from taxation.

"Oligarchy did not appeal to true northern independents," wrote Daniel Doan, the author of the most authoritative account of the episode.

This was big trouble -- a land dispute involving an international border, resolved only when another New Hampshireman, Daniel Webster, negotiated the 1842 Webster-Ashburton treaty that set the border and awarded this land to the United States. The rebellion ceased -- but not the sense of rebellion inherent in this land and these people.

"We should go back to the Indian Stream Republic," Judd "Bing" Burnham, who has been elected to 12 three-year terms as a Pittsburg selectman, told me. "We could run our own township a lot better than the state and federal government. Believe me, going back on our own keeps coming up."

That's not likely. But though the Indian Stream rebellion has faded from memory and history, the virtues and values that prompted it are not. They remain here in Pittsburg, and in the larger Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, and in the 30 other Pittsburgs scattered about a country that is preparing for an election in which free people freely choose their leaders. In that sense, we are all Pittsburgers.

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David Shribman, a Pulitzer Prize winner in journalism, is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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