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As early as 1782, people in Massachusetts were calling for the government to allow real and personal property to be used instead of hard currency when paying taxes. On July 3, the legislature passed the "Tender Act", which made cattle and other kinds of property legal tender in the discharge of debts. It marked the beginning of a deepening hatred between those who had and those who had not, and it postponed the suits for judgment against debtors, thus increasing the total indebtedness. The act expired in the 1784.


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