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  • How did the Continental soldiers get payed after the war?
  • Did you get your pay for the war?
  • Yes, but I still can't believe that we only get certificates for "future lands and funds." I'll probably sell it.
  • Massachusetts Debt
  • Alright, the subject of today's meeting is how we will raise money for war debt.
  • August 29th in North Hampton
  • Alright men, let's do this!
  • The Continental soldiers got payed with certificates that promised future lands and funds. The soldiers didn't really like this, though, because they didn't really have a use for it, so most soldiers sold their certificates at greatly discounted prices.
  • September 25th-28th
  • To pay off war debt, the Massachusetts legislature raised taxes and required that they be payed in hard money. Farmers were effected by this because most farmers mortgaged their homes during the war and didn't have any money to pay more taxes.
  • Shays New Plan
  • I believe that the insurrections in the common people are a result of a government that was formed earlier than it should've been.
  • An armed group of farmers closed the Hampshire County Court of Common Pleas in Northampton. This caused all foreclosures to stop. In the next few weeks, other farmers started to close other courts in other towns because no one had listened to their earlier petition.
  • The editor of Massachusetts Centinel's Observation
  • From September 25th-28th, Shays and his group of 600 farmers occupied the Hampshire County Court of Common Pleas in Northampton, not letting Supreme Judicial Court sit there.
  • Shays and his men created a new plan once an organized militia arrived. The new plan was that they would mount a surprise attack and overrun the new federal arsenal at Springfield. Their plan didn't work, though, when the defenders fired right into SHays crown fo men.
  • The editor of the Massachusetts Centinel's observation was "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." I don't agree with this statement though, because no matter when the government was formed, in new governments, problems are inevitable.
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