Shays' Rebellion

Shays' Rebellion

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  • Soldiers' Pay
  • Hmm.. I don't know how i'm going to provide for my family and keep my farm going..
  • Massachusetts Debt
  • We are going to raise their taxes so we can pay off our debt!
  • August 29th North Hampton
  • How were the soldiers payed? The soldiers were payed with paper certificates. In a number of years they could go and cash them in and they would get so much money. I do NOT agree with this. How would you like to serve our country then get paid with a certificate that you had to wait for years to get the full amount. You would not be able to provide for your family or fix your land. I think they should have gotten the money upfront.
  • September 25th-28th
  • The Massachusetts Legislature raised taxes to help pay off the huge war debt. If they could not pay the taxes then they would get their land taken away and be thrown in jail. If they lost their land then they lost their independence to vote. The farmers were surprised by this because most of them were soldiers that had just fought for the country. They were used to long term credit.
  • Shay's New Plan
  • On August 29th in North Hampton Armed farmers closed the Hampshire County Court of Common Pleas. The reason they did this is because their petitions where ignored. The farmers had petitioned the legislature for lower taxes, judicial reform, and paper currency to ease the tight money situation. These are all very good reasons why they would rebel. Wouldn't you?
  • Editor Of The Massachusetts Centinel's Observation
  • You ignored our petitions now we rebel!!
  • On September 25th-28th Shay and his men occupied the Springfield courthouse. This prevented the Supreme Judicial from sitting there. They did this because they did not want to be taxed anymore. They started to shoot and kill government leaders. The government leaders then called for 4,400 troops to protect the courts.
  • You shall not sit! You shall not sit! You shall not sit!
  • Shay's new plan was to create a surprise attack. They thought that this would surprise the soldiers and that they would back down and retreat. They thought wrong though. The 4,400 troops fired and killed and wounded many men. Shay and his men retreated, the rebellion was over. This is what happened with Shay's surprise attack.
  • Come on men hurry up! And be quiet!
  • The Editor of the Massachusetts Centinel observed a very important detail. That Shays' Rebellion sped up the end of the Articles of Confederation. I agree with this because of the following reasons. If he and had not lead the rebellion then we may have gone on for quite sometime before changing them. We may not have noticed that that type of government was a terrible decision.
  • Shays' rebellion sped up the death of the Articles of Confederation!
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