The Regulators: Introduction

The colonial era was filled with tension and change. Many people in North Carolina felt that the Piedmont was not governed properly. Farmers protested against high taxes, unfair fees, and dishonest public officials in the 1760s. These protesters became known as “Regulators.” They wanted to improve the colonial government. The requests and protests of the Regulators led to a battle against the royal government. It was known as the Battle of Alamance in May 1771. There, the Regulators lost and were no more.

In this chapter, you can read the words of the Regulators and their opponents. The information is shared through primary source documents like letters and pamphlets.  

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