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County conventions gathered in rural Massachusetts throughout 1786-87 to protest the fiscal policies of the General Court, as well as the Massachusetts Constitution that had been ratified in 1780. As in the years before the American Revolution, these conventions mobilized public opinion and expressed popular grievances. These grievances are enumerated here. Many of them deal with the lack of money and the feeling that the state government should reside in Boston. During the 1780s, supporters of the Massachusetts government and the state Constitution condemned county conventions as illegal forums dominated by foolish rustics and demagogues.

 

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Convention at Hatfield article in the Hampshire Gazette

publisher   Hampshire Gazette
creator   Benjamin Bonney (1739-1803)
date   Sep 13, 1786
location   Northampton, Massachusetts
height   8.0"
height   5.0"
width   2.25"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L04.124


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Hatfield Convention of 1782

Votes of counties at the Massachusetts State Convention article published in the Hampshire Gazette

State of Rhode Island issueing of paper money and voting requirements published in the Hampshire Gazette


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