Reguslaytors: The War of The Regulation, North Carolina, 1768

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The War of the Regulation took place on the eve of the American Revolution when a popular group of farmers rose up against the colonial government of North Carolina. These rebels were known as the Regulators, and they sought to regulate (i.e. clean up) a profoundly corrupt and clientelist government. They first started with peaceful petitions and were quickly labeled as insurgents. Conflict escalated to the point of war, but the Regulators soundly lost at the first and only battle of this rebellion, the Battle of Alamance. Only four years later would the Revolutionary War start. However, delegates have an opportunity to make this democratic rebellion less short-lived and more profound. Delegates are tasked with envisioning what democracy should look like, how to handle corruption, and how to defeat a highly concentrated system of power and money before the United States government existed.




Danielle Kappler

Chair

Hello Regulators! My name is Danielle Kappler (she/her), and I am honored to be your Chair for the War of the Regulators committee at UCBMUN. I am a senior studying Political Economy and Sociology, concentrating on U.S. political institution structures and how those structures perpetuate inequality in the nation. In UCBMUN, I have competed in GA, crisis, and spec-bod committees. I also served as Director General of BearMUN 2022, and have the immense privilege of leading this committee with my Secretary General, Alex Alvarez. Outside of MUN, I love reading, hiking, drinking coffee, driving aimlessly on 101 and getting lost half the time, and hanging out with friends in San Francisco. In U.S. history class, the American Revolution is always taught as a major pinnacle of the country's history. But what is often not considered is the foundations of the attitudes and demands for change - aspects that are so central to the Regulators of 18th century North Carolinians. In this committee, delegates will explore and engage in a pre-revolutionary rebellion that brings forth the conversations of democracy, government accountability, worker protections, and the freedom that paints the narratives of the nation's history. In the wake of the growing calls for greater accountability today, I am looking forward to delegates taking a step back in history - and finding their voices in the fight for accountability throughout time. I am truly looking forward to welcoming delegates to this amazing committee! Please feel free to contact me or your chair with any questions you may have about the committee. We want to make sure that UCBMUN is the best experience it can be for you!

Best,
Danielle Kappler
Chair, Reguslaytors: The War of The Regulation, North Carolina, 1768


Alejandro Alvarez

Crisis Director

Welcome Regulators! My name is Alejandro Alvarez (any pronouns), but you can call me Alex. I am extremely excited to be your Crisis Director for UCBMUN XXVIII's The War of the Regulation Committee! Currently, I am a senior studying Political Science and History with a minor in Conservation and Resource Studies. As a History major, I am interested in the Americas' early colonial period. I believe the history of the popular class of this time period is undertold, and I think the story of the North Carolina Regulators is an excellent example of this time period's underappreciated pushes for a more egalitarian and accountable form of democracy. During the time period, a Regulator was someone who intervened to fix government malfunctioning, sort of like a special prosecutor. The Regulators thought of themselves as a vigilante group to hold corrupt officials accountable, so I cannot wait to see how delegates use this pre-revolutionary rebellion as a way to explore issues of democracy, government accountability, land ownership, and working class rights. I am privileged to run this committee with my Director General of BearMUN 2022, Danielle Kappler. Outside of MUN and school, I enjoy going to the beach, traveling, reading, drag, and exploring walkable cities. I cannot wait to see all of you at UCBMUN!

Best,
Alejandro Alvarez
Crisis Director, Reguslaytors: The War of The Regulation, North Carolina, 1768