Shays' Rebellion (1786-87) and the Constitution

 Links to unique historical documents can now be found at the Springfield Armory web site.

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The Springfield Armory, including a Museum, is a National Historic Site. The Armory's predecessor was the Springfield Arsenal building, the site of the climax of Shays' Rebellion.

Start by reading a research paper in which the Springfield Armory's historian, Richard Colton, retraces Shays' march on the Arsenal (January 25, 1787) based on the first-hand accounts of participants. Click here to download the essay, titled "Unwilling to Stain the Land": Conflict and Ambivalence in Shays' Rebellion.

Then click here to access an online collection of 100 documents from Shays' Rebellion.

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Updated Sept 1 2009