Shays' Rebellion

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Shays’ Rebellion

armed insurrection by Massachusetts farmers against the state government (1786). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2495]
See: Riot
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He believed in the words of the Declaration of Independence that spoke of liberty, equality, and freedom of speech for all people, rich and poor, but also believed that, by the time the "founding fathers" wrote the Constitution, they had become wealthy power brokers threatened by people's revolts like Shays' Rebellion, which was led by revolutionary war veterans.
Hence, and despite their occasional claims to the contrary, American tax resistance movements have had very little to do with the Stamp Act, Boston Tea Party, or Shays' Rebellion of the eighteenth century--and everything to do with the income and estate taxes of the twentieth century (and briefly also the Civil War income tax, which ended in 1873).
When Daniel Shays' rebellion shook the commonwealth in 1787, a mob of angry farmers wielding pitchforks and guns and aiming to close the courts confronted Judge Artemas Ward on the courthouse steps.
Almost a decade earlier, when the states were under the looser Articles of Confederation, Jefferson had written to Edward Carrington about Shays' Rebellion in Massachusetts that " To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty.
During Shays' Rebellion, for example, frontier rebels complained that a tyrannical government enslaved the people, violated their natural rights, and denied them appropriate representation.
Taxachusetts" cliches and Ellen Goodman aside, any state that gave us On the Road and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Shays' Rebellion and Walden, Sam and Henry Adams, and a goodly share of the best 19th-century American poets is welcome in my Union.
Shays' Rebellion (1786-87) swept all of western New England.
Shays' Rebellion exposed some inherent weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and prompted the constitutional convention a few months later.
This is followed by Shays' Rebellion in January 1787; the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill on May 12 1848; the Battle of Antietam beginning on September 17, 1862; the infamous Homestead Strike in July 1892; President McKinley's assassination on September 6, 1901; the Scopes monkey trial in 1925; Elvis Presley's appearance on Ed Sullivan's television show; and, finally, the murder of three civil rights activists on June 21, 1964.
From Shays' Rebellion of 1787 right up to modern times, these key events are recounted along with their long-lasting impacts.
Later, Charles actively supported the state's repression of Shays' Rebellion, an uprising of indebted farmers fighting for relief from creditors like him.
Dougherty's chapter on Shays' Rebellion is particularly instructive.