Shays' Rebellion, From Revolution to Constitution

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Taking the Oath: Punishment and Appeasement

The bloodshed and death at Springfield horrified the people of Massachusetts and shocked observers abroad. An uneasy peace followed as thousands of men surrendered their weapons and took an oath of loyalty to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that would keep them out of prison and off the gallows.

Historic illustration © 2008 Bryant White.

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