Rebellion in the Colonies

truckers protest in tampa

There has been a populist uprising today among truckers about gas prices. They’ve banded together at 20 mph three-abreast on Interstates to slow traffic to a halt, in protest of record prices.

They want the government to intervene, as they pay $1,000 per fill up and can’t make a living anymore. 

Locations for this sort of modern day Shays’ Rebellion (crica 1780s), included the New Jersey Turnpike and Peoria, Illinois. (Though Shays, protesting agrarian debt in Massachusetts and the Connecticut Valley, didn’t want the government to intervene.)

Will it play?

Photo: “Truck driver David Santiago, of Valrico, Fla., speaks to the media
after about 50 independent truck drivers parked their rigs Tuesday
morning, April 1, 2008 in Tampa, Fla., in protest of rising diesel fuel
prices.” —AP/Jeffrey Gold/Chris O’Meara

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