\ʃˈe͡ɪz ɹɪbˈɛli͡ən], \ʃˈeɪz ɹɪbˈɛliən], \ʃ_ˈeɪ_z ɹ_ɪ_b_ˈɛ_l_iə_n]\
Definitions of SHAYS' REBELLION
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After the close of the Revolution, much discontent and indeed actual want prevailed through New England, especially in Western Massachusetts. The annual State tax amounted to $1,000,000. Riots and armed mobs were frequent, the especial grievances being the high salary of the Governor, the refusal to issue paper money, and the specific taxes to pay the interest on the State debt. December 5, 1786, 1000 armed men under Daniel Shays took possession of Worcester and prevented the session of the Supreme Court. Springfield was mobbed by the same men. General Lincoln, commanding 4000 militia, attacked Shays near Springfield, January 25, 1787, quickly routing his force. They fled to Amherst, where 150 were captured. The insurgents were pardoned on laying down their arms.
By John Franklin Jameson