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What was Shay s Rebellion?
Shays Rebellion was when farmers revolted and burned down courthouses and caused lots of damage. They fled once they heard the forces were coming to stop them, most escaped to… the woods safely but a few were shot and killed. This rebellion showed government that the articles of confederation did not work, (the articles of confederation was a 'constitution' that created a very loose tie between the colonies), and led to the revising and editing of the articles. The articles were actually thrown out and a whole new document, the constitution, took its place. Whiskey Rebellion was when the government put a tax on all whiskey (and other alcoholic drinks) made or shipped to the US. Since most farmers drank alcohol they were furious and revolted. This was shortly after the constitution and new government went into action and when Washington sent his troops and they arrived quickly, it proved to Americans the new government would act quickly in times of crisis.
After Shay's Rebellion some people argued that Congress needed more power.They decided to replace the Articles of Confederation.
High taxes and judgments for dets
A new constitution
It worried many Americans because they were scared that the country that they had just fought so hard for was falling apart once again because of debt and taxes
The false statement is that the central government provided troops to quell the rebellion. The Shay Rebellion took place in Massachusetts in 1786.
Shays' Rebellion Farmers were unable to pay the debts and taxes on their farms and they were being taken away by the courts. Daniel Shays reasoned that his farm could not …be taken away by the court if there was no court. He raised a militia and led an uprising. They started burning down the courts in Western Massachusetts. The idea quickly spread and others began to do the same. At the time the states had very little federal backing and were unable to deal with crisis such as this on their own. The federal government had no authority to step in and help them under the Articles of the Confederation. This event was a major factor in the creation of the Constitution.
Under the Articles of the Confederation state governments had the majority of the power. When Daniel Shays raised the militia and started burning court houses the Commonwealth… of Massachusetts lacked the necessary man power to put down any resistance. The federal government's hands were tied. They did not have the authority to go in and resolve the situation. The militia began to increase in numbers and the state was crippled. At the conclusion of the revolutionary War times were very hard for veterans and their impoverished families. The problem affected soldiers in every state. The soldiers' script they received for pay was almost worthless. There was no strong central government to deal with the debts of the war. The individual states were not contributing enough and there were foreign loans to pay. The Massachusetts state legislature was composed mostly of merchants from Boston and other shipping towns and cities. Farmers in Western Massachusetts resented the fact that the state's tax laws favored trade at the expense of farming. They were suffering. Many were deeply in debt and were facing serious legal penalties that included prison. People were sold into servitude and their farms were taken. Rebel leaders organized regional regimental organizations. Many people joined the revolt led by Daniel Shays, a former Army captain from Pelham. They demanded paper money to pay their debts. There were some skirmishes and insurgents took possession of the courthouses including those in in Springfield and Northampton. Shays led about 2,000 armed men against the Springfield arsenal. The governor of Massachusetts asked for help from the national government but the government under the Articles was unable to act. Shays' men faced an army funded by Boston merchants at the Springfield arsenal. Several of his men were killed. After several months the rebellion lost its momentum and the insurgents were eventually tried for treason. Fourteen were convicted and sentenced to death but were instead pardoned or served short prison sentences. A newly elected legislature eased the situation by allowing soldiers to pay taxes using their soldiers' notes. The times gradually became more prosperous and some of the bitterness subsided. Shays and his followers believed they were simply carrying on the spirit of the Revolution. Thomas Jefferson, then minister to France, agreed with them. "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing," he wrote to a friend. "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Washington did not agree with Jefferson. He welcomed the failure of Shays' Rebellion and he compared it to his having to use force to prevent a military coup by a group of army officers under his command. He believed citizens could not take up arms whenever they felt something was not done correctly or when they had a grievance. Many people, including George Washington himself, were actually distressed by the need for the Constitution. They had fought in the Revolutionary War and were reluctant to hand over that much power to the federal government after enduring such a destructive war with England. However, after Shays' Rebellion they understood that they needed a strong central government. The Articles of Confederation was the law of the land before the US Constitution. Shays' rebellion showed that the government under the Articles of Confederation was weak because it was not strong enough to repel the insurgency, and, it was unable to enforce laws reasonably and effectively. The significance of Shays' Rebellion has been viewed differently by historians of different time periods. However it has come to be recognized today as one of the factors that forced a young nation to think carefully about its form of government. It created public support for a central government and a federal constitution. Shays' Rebellion was directly responsible for those clauses in the United States Constitution which prohibit the states from coining money, issuing bills of credit, using anything other than gold or silver for legal tender, or passing laws that impair the obligation of contracts. Interestingly, the United States Constitution is the shortest but longest active constitution for any nation that exist today. Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Massachusetts has recently (2010) hosted a symposium entitled "Shays' Rebellion and the Making of a Nation". You can read more about Shays' Rebellion at the links provided below. What the answer.....
January 25, 1787
It was because at the time the event was terrible, but something good came from it in the end. The Articles of Confederation were revised.
No Daniel Shays did not died in the Shays's Rebellion. After his rebellion fail, he was condamened to a death penalty. Even tho others of his rebellion were granted forgivenes…s, Daniel Shays was not one of them because the govenment was very scared of him and what he was capable of doing. Then he was killed.
The Articles of Confederation made it so the government was taking away the land of farmers. This made them very angry and they revolted.
Shays' Rebellion The economy in the period following the American Revolution was extremely precarious. Due to the war, there was massive debt throughout the United States. F…oreign investors who aided the Patriots during the war started to call in their debts and Congress had to borrow money simply to pay accumulating interest. In addition, the Articles of Confederation ensured that unity in solving the economic crisis would be difficult. Some states had paid what was requested of them, while others could not make the minimum amount asked. At the local level, farmers were struggling. They could not pay off their taxes or support their families. The economic hardship was exacerbated by the lack of commercial banks in the state, so people borrowed from each other in a pyramid of debt and credit. In 1785, English banking houses heavily involved with American trade began to call in debts as prices went down. American merchants then called in their debts -- a chain reaction that went all the way to the bottom: farmers. The government that collected the farmers taxes was controlled by creditor and commercial interests and would not grant reprieve to the struggling farmers. The farmers petitioned the state government for an extension on their payments and issuing of new paper money to pay debts and taxes. However, the state government was not sympathetic to the farmers. Frustrated with the inability to pay their taxes and debts, much less support their families, Massachusetts farmers stepped outside the law to solve their problems. Like most rebellions, meetings stressed non-violence, but soon the angry mobs took action. The farmers prevented the county courts from sitting, which were responsible for writs of property foreclosure. Farmers gathered around an old Revolutionary War veteran, Daniel Shays. He too had fallen on hard times following the war and felt cheated that he wasn't compensated for his time in the Continental Army. Shays led 1,200 men to the federal arsenal at Springfield, attempting a full uprising on January 26, 1787. The state militia, financed by Eastern merchants fearing property damage, swept in and forced the "Shaysites" to retreat. Though Shays' Rebellion failed, it paved the way for massive changes in US government. By then, it was understood that the Articles of Confederation had to be revised. After the American Revolution, there was a period of "Republican Extremism" that minimized government control, symbolized by the loose Articles of Confederation. But with Shays' Rebellion, a group (eventually the Federalists) formed calling for more governmental control and a new national Constitution. Shays ' Rebellion was an armed uprising which took place in Massachusetts during 1786 and 1787. Some historians believe "fundamentally altered the course of the United States' history. Shay's rebellion was an armed uprising in central and western Massachusetts, led by Daniel Shays. It was in protest of high taxes and farm mortgages.
the farmers revolted because the state would not lower far tax, and fees for court and lawyers
Shay's Rebellion was an uprising consisting of farmers who were being taxed and could not pay back debts.