shay's rebellion: farmers side

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  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... oh no!
  • I didn't do anything wrong. Let me out of here!!!
  • BAIL THE JAIL!!!
  • WE WANT PRO-DEBTOR
  • FARMERS MATTER TOO!!!!
  • In rural Boston, 1780 right after the revolutionary war, farmers were struggling to get by. They were in debt because they had tried to start new farms.
  • DANIEL SHAY: we are fighting for our rights! This is a economic crisis! WE ARE THE HEROS!
  • Unlike other states Massachusetts government refused to put into effect the pro-debtor law, so owing farmers were put in jail.
  • I won! Go back to jail farmers!
  • The other farmers and settlers were not happy about this. They rebelled it by not paying taxes and going against the government. They had meetings of protest, and finally freed the imprisoned from jail.
  • = farmer's rebellions
  • Eventually a leader arose named Daniel Shay. He organized the "Shaysites" into an actual armed rebellion. Some people thought them to be heros but most saw them as dangerous traitors, even though they were just trying to protect their rights.
  • One of the people who thought of the Shaysites as "dangerous" was James Bowdoin, the governor of Massachusetts. He organized a military army and in the winter of 1786-7, he defeated the Shaysites.
  • Despite the win by Bowdoin there was still an under lying resentment. Similar rebellions to this one were happening all over the colonies, proving the federal government to be weak. Because it was weak enough for a rebellion to even form meant that they had to make it stronger. Although the Shaysites did not win the battle they made the country better as a whole.
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