Lead: The bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City in the Spring of 1995 continues an old but seldom noticed tradition in American life - the Private Militia.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Through the years, the United States has enjoyed remarkable social and political stability. Except for the Civil War during which the great questions of slavery and federalism were settled through the shedding of blood, issues of conflict have been, for the most part, resolved politically. That said, it is important to remember there is also a thread of violent activism operating outside the law that has wound its way through the history of America. Some of these movements are remembered fondly as having advanced the cause of freedom and independence. Dumping tea in Boston Harbor or standing across the picket lines at Lexington and Concord were not legal acts but in hindsight are seen as being among the opening phases of the American fight for liberty. Shays' Rebellion and the Whiskey Rebellion were evidence of frontier resentment against the growing power of the infant federal system.

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