Definition: Movement by
New England farmers desperate to be paid for the service in
the Revolutionary War. Farmer Daniel Shays took charge of
the group and led an attack on a federal arsenal in
Springfield, Massachusetts, in January 1787. Federal troops
under Revolutionary War General Benjamin Lincoln came from
Boston. Four men were killed and 20 wounded. Shays
disappeared into the wilds of Vermont, not yet a state.
Other men were arrested and imprisoned. Soon after, John
Hancock was elected governor of Massachusetts. Hancock
quieted everything down.
Rebellion illustrated two things:
national government under the Articles of Confederation
was powerless to raise money to pay back the debt or pay
back the soldiers because each law had to be approved by
every single state. Just one state's saying no meant that
a bill was defeated.
of all this came a general agreement that a stronger
federal government was needed. Later in 1787, the
Constitution became a reality.
Find out more about the period between the signing of the
Constitution and the year 1800.
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on Shays's Rebellion
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