Shays' Rebellion Storyboard

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  • The Payment for the Continental Army After the War
  • I fought in this war the whole time. I deserve more than just a little slip of paper, I deserve real money!
  • There is nothing we can do about this, and you should be honored to at least receive this.
  • Massachusetts Debt
  • Raise on Taxes!
  • Yeah, We need to do something about this. I need to do this for my farm.
  • They just can't force the taxes on us like that.
  • August 29th in North Hampton
  • We are angry at you and we are going to try to stop the court, and shut it down!
  • The payment for the Continental soldiers after war was a paper certificate issued by the new government. This resulted in them selling the certificates because they needed money at the particular moment. I do not agree with the way that the government handled it. If I were them I would have given them more money when I had acquired it, because I feel as though it is unfair because of how hard they worked.
  • September 25th-28th
  • We forbid you to sit at court.
  • The Massachusetts legislature raised taxes and required that it be paid in hard money to help with war debt. This was not good for farmers because many had mortgaged their land and had no money to pay taxes. This was a wake up call to most farmers considering they were used to long term debt.
  • Shays' New Plan
  • Men I have a plan. We are going to do a surprise attack and nothing bad will go wrong.
  • On August 29th in North Hampton, an armed group of farmers closed the Hampshire County Court of Common Pleas in Northampton bringing all foreclosures to a stop. What led to this was the government ignoring the farmers pleas about lowering the taxes.
  • The Editor of the Massachusetts Centinel's Observation
  • Today our government would not have grown into what it is without all of the little rebellions we have been through.
  • On September 25th to the 28th Shays' own band of 600 farmers marched occupied the Springfield Courthouse and prevented the supreme Judicial Court from sitting there, and they did this all the while wearing their Continental Army uniforms. What this did was shock government leaders and sent men into fear.
  • Shays' new plan was to set up a surprise attack and overrun the new federal arsenal at Springfield. What caused this was the sending of a government militia to deal with the farmers. What happened there was indeed a surprise but it was to the farmers instead. The protectors of the Springfield arsenal did not yield instead they killed a few men and wounded many of the farmers.
  • He observed that the "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 without Shays' rebellion our government today would not look that same. I do agree with this because like many things you need a tragedy to make it better.
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