We want laws that lets us settle our debts and have fewer requirements to vote.
The Articles of Confederation provided a governing structure during the Revolution but for the needs of the new nation it did not meet the demands. The Articles created 13 separate states instead of one unified nation.
Sending letter to congress for help.
We want a solution to our debts.
Before the war, many Americans relied on receiving credit, buying something and paying back over time. After the war, British manufacturers demanded that all debts be repaid with money. At the same time, state governments started to impose heavy taxes upon their citizens.
Get out of here!
I´m going to vote.
In some states, those who owed money demanded new laws that would allow them to settle their debts and pay taxes with goods.People also wanted fewer requirements for voting so that their voices could be heard.When the changes where not made people rebelled
In the fall of 1786, Daniel Shays, a veteran of the American Revolution, led rifle-carrying farmers into various Massachusetts courthouses and demanded the end of debt hearings. The Massachusetts government frantically asked Congress for help to put down the armed rebellion.
Congress requested that the states help by sending money and soldiers, but the states refused. Citizens became even more angrier than before when the state of Massachusetts passed the ¨Riot Act¨, which prohibited armed groups from gathering in public. To prove its point, the state government sent armed troops, who defeated Shays’s men very easily.
However, Shays’s Rebellion inspired other people to stand up to the government. One effect of the uprising was that in the following year’s election, voter participation increased dramatically. Citizens wanted input into how problems such as debt repayment could be resolved.