Rebels Attack Springfield

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  • Pay for the Continental Soldiers at the End of War
  • Thank you for your service!!!
  • Massachusetts Debt
  • This farm is no more, and so your master will not have you as his slaves.
  • August 29 in North Hampton
  • The soldiers were payed with paper certificates after the war. Most of them sold the certificate to speculators at a greatly discounted price. I don't agree with this because the soldiers deserve much more for their bravery.
  • September 25-28
  • The Massachusetts legislature raised taxes and demanded that it be payed in hard money. Many farmers had mortgaged their land and had no money. The farmers were shocked because they had their land taken away and some were taken to jail.
  • Shay's New Plan
  • We need a plan!
  • On August 29, a group of armed farmers closed the Hampshire County Court of Common Pleas in Northampton. The farmers had no other choice because the government would not answer their petitions.
  • The Editor of the Massachusetts Centinel's Observation
  • We need to make things better for everyone! I think my way is best because....
  • On this date, a group of about 600 farmers occupied the Springfield courthouse and prevented the Supreme Judicial Court from doing nothing. The government was shocked. The governor ordered General Benjamin Lincoln to gather 4,400 troops to protect the courts.
  • Be ready for a little fight....
  • Shay's new plan was to mount a surprise attack on the new federal arsenal at Springfield. Shay and his group needed a new plan because they were facing a very organized militia. The defendants did not yield, but fired against their ranks.
  • Daniel Shay observed that, "late insurrections in the Commonwealth . . . must be considered as the cause of bringing [the federal] government] into existence, at a much earlier period than would otherwise have been." This means that all of this violence will lead to peace. I agree that sometimes you have to have a disagreement, even if it has to be violent, to soon reach an agreement.
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