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  • After blocking judges in Northampton, we made plans to raid the federal arsenal in Springfield to obtain weapons. During the morning of January 25, 1787, we approached the arsenal. Some of us had guns, while some had clubs or pitchforks.
  • During the start of the rebellion, us farmers first started peacefully attempting to settle our issues. After out peaceful protesting had no effect, within western Massachusetts we began to take direct action against debtors' courts.
  • In Northampton, Captain Joseph Hines led several hundred men to block judges from entering the courthouse. In Worcester, judges were blocked from holding court by crowds of men.
  • After failing to take over the arsenal in Springfield, the rebellion came to an end. The Articles of Confederation also came to an end due to the rebellion exploiting its weaknesses.
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