Shortly after the Revolutionary War, farmers in western Massachusetts banded together in opposition to oppressive austerity measures forced on them by Boston elites.

After more than a dozen nonviolent protests over the course of five months, they eventually won reforms through elections, but not before Daniel Shays and 300 men and their families were hounded out of the state, hunted as outlaws and rebels, and forced to start anew in the mountains of western Vermont.

Click here to follow the discussion of Shays and the never-ending story of resistance to government austerity and oppression.


Bill Newman Show, April 1, 2015—With Springfield Arsenal Historian Richard Colton.

Bread and Roses, Valley Free Radio. June 19, 2015—Interview with Joel Saxe.

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Shays resources

Springfield Technical Community College has created an enormous resource for the Shays Protests.

Archaeologist Steve Butz has been excavating the Shays Settlement on Egg Mountain in Sandgate, Vermont.

The Pelham Meeting House, where the protests were planned, still stands at the top of West Hill in Pelham, and runs tours to the Shays homestead, which is now in the Quabbin Reservoir.