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The settlers' anger boiled over in the fall of 1763, when a gang of young men massacred  a group of friendly Christian Indians near Lancaster. Franklin was outraged. He  denounced this group of murderers, known as the "Paxton Boys," in a newspaper  article. The Paxton Boys were not amused. In the spring they marched on Philadelphia  to frighten the assembly into agreeing to their demands. Franklin met them at the  outskirts of the city and personally urged them to turn around and go home peacefully.  Thanks to his bravery and cool head, they did. Though the Paxton Boys went back home, politics in Pennsylvania got ugly. The  proprietors resisted being taxed and resented the growing power of Philadelphia  businessmen. In 1764, fed up with the proprietors, Franklin and the majority of the  Pennsylvania assembly decided to ask the king to change Pennsylvania's government. 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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