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Economic, social and political turmoil plagued every state in the years immediately following the American Revolution (1775-1783). In Massachusetts, large numbers of residents took up arms against the state in what became known as Shays' Rebellion (1786-1787). The Massachusetts government swiftly repressed the movement. This proclamation by the governor extends mercy and forgiveness to those who were "misled in their participation" in Shays Rebellion, providing they take the oath of allegiance to the Commonwealth before September 12, 1787. The crimes of Daniel Shays (1747-1825) and the other leaders were believed to have been too serious to be included, and were not forgiven.


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Proclamation regarding Shays' Rebellion

printer   Adams and Nourse
creator   John Avery
creator   John Hancock (1737-1793)
date   Jun 15, 1787
location   Boston, Massachusetts
width   13.0"
height   16.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Public Announcements/Broadside
accession #   #L03.001

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Military Firearm Log for Shays' Rebellion

Receipt of Caleb Phillips

Oath of Allegiance [Faith]

Bill from Deerfield Selectmen for Military Supplies used in Shays' Rebellion

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