Shays' Rebellion Comic Strip

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  • Pay For the Average Soldier After the Revolutionary War.
  • Massachusetts Debt
  • August 29th in North Hampton
  • After the Revolutionary War, many of the veterans were paid with certificates promising land and money. Most of the time, farmers would sell these certificates for money to feed their family when they needed it.
  • September 25th - 28th
  • To pay off war debts in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts legislature, which was lead mainly by men from coastal towns, raised taxes. The taxes had to be paid in hard money and many farmers could not pay the tax. Eventually, the demand to pay of debts, lead to mortgages being called in and many farmers lost land and with that their rights.
  • Shays' New Plan
  • On August 29th, a group of armed farmers stopped all the foreclosures by closing the Hampshire County Court of Common Pleas. The same farmers that did this were the same farmers that closed courts in protest of the judges appointed by the King prior to the Revolution.
  • The Editor of the Massachusetts Centinel's Observation
  • ..."late insurrections in the Commonwealth...must be considered as the cause of bringing the [the federal government] into existence, at a much earlier period than would otherwise have been."...
  • On September 25th, Daniel Shays and 600 farmers, most of them wearing their Revolutionary War uniforms, occupied the Springfield Courthouse. They stayed there until the 28th preventing the Supreme Judicial Court from sitting there.
  • After fleeing into the countryside when General Lincoln's militia of 4,400 arrived to protect the courts, Shays realized he needed a new plan. His new plan was to mount a surprise attack on the new federal arsenal in Springfield where they would find everything they needed. They expected the guards, fellow veterans, to show sympathy but when Shays arrived with, 4 men were killed and 20 were wounded.
  • The editor of the Massachusetts Centinel's observed that the "late insurrections in the Commonwealth...must be considered as the cause of bringing the [the federal government] into existence, at a much earlier period than would otherwise have been." This means that without the rebellion, it would have taken longer to get a stronger government. I agree with this because unless something was done nothing was going to change.
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