Shays Rebellion

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  • We have our right to rebel because it is our land and its the governments job to help us
  • We cannot let you rebel because we gave you the money to start your farms and YOU cant pay us back. Why is that our fault
  • During the crisis of the 1780's many farmers when deep into debt. This is mainly because when they asked the government for money to start their farms but didn't have the money to repay them
  • Massachusetts refused to pass pro-debtor laws. As a result some sheriffs seized farms and some farmers who couldn't pay their debts were put in prison. The farmers hated this and wanted otherwise.
  • This led rebels to close courts by force and free farmers from prison. Soon former continental army captain Daniel Shays gathered people to revolt.
  • We will also be introducing new pro-debtor laws soon too
  • Massachusetts governor is... NOT JAMES BOWDOIN!!
  • The rebels under the lead of Daniel Shay protest to support the idea of pro-debtor laws. Not all of these protests are peaceful and some get a little violent
  • To stop this rebellion James Bowdoin, the governor of Massachusetts, organized a military force to take down the rebels.
  • Bowdoin's army might have taken down the rebellion but the voters turned against him in the next election. Shay's rebellion might have been defeated but the values it left behind have and cannot be taken down
  • YAY!!!
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