Shay's Rebellion Project

Shay's Rebellion Project

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  • Payment at the end of the war
  • Whos's ready to get paid?
  • Massachusetts Debt
  • For now on we are raising taxes to pay off our debt!!
  • August 29th in North Hampton
  • At the end of the Revolution, most Continental soldiers were paid with paper certificates issued by the new government.
  • September 25th-28th
  • To pay off the state's debt, the Massachusetts legislature, led by men from the coastal towns, raised taxes and required that they be paid in hard money. Many farmers had mortgaged their land during the war years; they had no money to pay the new taxes.
  • Shay's new plan
  • They will never suspect us if we hid in this train!!
  • On August 29th, an armed group of farmers closed the Hampshire County Court of Common Pleas in Northampton, bringing all foreclosures to a halt.
  • The editor of the Massachusetts Centinel's Observation
  • From September 25th to 28th, Shays' own band of 600 farmers, most wearing their Continental Army uniforms, occupied the Springfield courthouse and prevented the Supreme Judicial Court from sitting there.
  • Come on i begggg of you!!!
  • They would mount a surprise attack and overrun the new federal arsenal at Springfield
  • Soon after the Constitution was ratified, the editor of the Massachusetts Centinel observed that the "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."
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