SHAY'S REBELLION BROADSIDE. BOWDOIN, JAMES. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Seven. An Act describing the Disqualifications to which Persons shall be subjected, who have been, or may be guilty of Treason, or giving Aid or Support to the present Rebellion, and to whom a Pardon may be extended.  [Boston: Adams & Nourse, February 16, 1787.]
Lot 216
SHAY'S REBELLION BROADSIDE.
BOWDOIN, JAMES.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Seven. An Act describing the Disqualifications to which Persons shall be subjected, who have been, or may be guilty of Treason, or giving Aid or Support to the present Rebellion, and to whom a Pardon may be extended. [Boston: Adams & Nourse, February 16, 1787.]
US$ 1,500 - 2,500
£ 1,100 - 1,900

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SHAY'S REBELLION BROADSIDE.
BOWDOIN, JAMES. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Seven. An Act describing the Disqualifications to which Persons shall be subjected, who have been, or may be guilty of Treason, or giving Aid or Support to the present Rebellion, and to whom a Pardon may be extended. [Boston: Adams & Nourse, February 16, 1787.]
Broadside, 331 x 400 mm. Printed in three columns. Some browning at folds.

At the end of the Revolutionary war, rural Massachusetts found itself in a deep economic depression. Courts exercising the relatively new Federal laws were forced to rule on outstanding debts and delinquent taxes. Property was seized and many faced imprisonment. Most of the debtors were not qualified to vote, as they were not landowners, but they protested and attempted to obtain legal relief in the courts. Massachusetts Governor James Bowdoin, himself a landowner and lender, opposed their efforts for reform, and raised property taxes to relieve the Commonwealth's debt. In August, 1786, debtors massed in Northampton, and prevented the court from sitting. Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays organized a militia of armed men to try to stop further court actions against the protestors, leading to an inevitable clash with Federal troops at the armory in Springfield in late January and early February, 1787. Bowdoin's government passed this legislation, known as the "disqualification act," to prevent rebels from holding elected office, in the guise of a conditional pardon. Shays was sentenced to death, but fled into the Vermont woods, and eventually was pardoned in 1788. Bowdoin lost all support in rural communities and lost his re-election bid to John Hancock later that year. Evans 20510; Ford Broadsides 2466.
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