Shay's Rebellion

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  • Pay for the Continental Soldiers
  • We want real money! Now!!!
  • Massachusetts Debt
  • We have to figure something out...
  • They expect us to pay them money when they're not even paying us good! We could lose the farm!
  • August 29th
  • Change the government!
  • This is unfair!
  • Stop the foreclosures!
  • The soldiers were paid with paper certificates. Instead, they wanted money then so they sold them to speculators. This was unfair because the government was making promises instead of actually paying.
  • September 25th-28th
  • Fill the courthouse and don't surrender under any circumstances!!
  • To pay off war debt, the legislature raised taxes and required payment in hard money. The farmers were shocked because they were used to long-term credit. If they couldn't pay, their farms were taken away.
  • Shay's New Plan
  • We need a new plan! Any ideas?
  • On August 29th in North Hampton, a group of armed farmers closed the Hampshire County Court of Common Pleas. This brought all foreclosures to a halt.
  • The Editor's Observation
  • "Late insurrections in the Commonwealth ...must be considered as the cause of bringing the federal government into existence, at a much earlier period than otherwise would have been."
  • From the 25th to the 28th, Shay and his 600 men filled the Springfield courthouse. The Supreme Judicial Court couldn't sit there and people realized that they could destroy the government.
  • The plan was that they would mount a surprise attack on federal arsenal. His men realized that they were facing an organized militia. The defenders didn't stop so this ended up killing 4 men.
  • Editor of the Massachusetts Centinel found that late insurrections in the Commonwealth were the reason they got a new government. They probably would've ended up living under the Articles for much longer.
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