May 21 - 1833: Wampanoags demand self-rule

1962: The day southern segregationists sent Black Americans to Hyannis ~ 1960 JFK wins Oregon, comes to Cape Cod to celebrate
Fearing an insurrection, the legislature granted the Mashpee the right of self-government in 1834. Wiki Commons art.

1833: Mashpee Indians demand self-government

Fearing an insurrection, the legislature granted the Mashpee the right of self-government

On this day in 1833, the Mashpee Tribe of Cape Cod signed what amounted to an Indian Declaration of Independence.

They reminded officials in Boston that "all men are born free and Equal, as says the constitution of the country" and spelled out the details of what had become an intolerable situation — the appropriation of their woodlots, hay fields, pastures, and shellfish beds by whites.

The Mashpee declared that they would take action against further encroachment by white settlers. A group of Barnstable farmers decided to test the Indians' resolve. When they arrived to cut wood on Mashpee land, the Indians resisted, and a violent confrontation followed.

Fearing an insurrection, the legislature granted the Mashpee the right of self-government in 1834. Read more here.

The illustration above is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art.

1962: Segregationists try to embarrass JFK

5-21-8-jfk-birthday_665Lie Laid to Southerners by State Rep

On this day in 1962, Massachusetts State Representative Allen Jones, a Republican, accused Southern Segregationists from Little Rock Arkansas of attempting to embarrass Democratic President John F. Kennedy by urging unemployed black southerners to come to Hyannis for jobs.

The Little Rock Citizens Council flyer read "President Kennedy's brother assures you a grand reception to Massachusetts. Good jobs, housing, etc.... are promised you..."

A different bi-partisan era

It wasn't even unusual forty-six years ago for a Republican to come to the defense of a Democrat, that's how greatly the religious right in the GOP has sullied the American political scene in our lifetime.

It was also a time when Black Americans were called Negroes or worse.

Read the wire service story about this event on the top right.  

1962: JFK Wins Oregon Primary

Comes to Cape to celebrate

On the same day two years prior, John F. Kennedy was still fighting to win the nomination to run for President in the fall.

When he won the important Oregon Primary the day before, he flew to Hyannisport for a birthday celebration at the Kennedy Compound although his actual birthday wasn't until the 29th when he would be back in Washington to continue the campaign.

A brief wire service report is on the right.


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