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  • Articles of Confederation
  • Shay's Rebellion 
  • Constitutional Convention
  • The Articles of Confederation was adopted to the Continental Congress in Philidelphia on November 15, 1777. The purpose was to establish the functions of the national government of the US after it declared independence from Great Britain. 
  • Articles of Confederation
  • In Massachusetts Daniel Shay’s, a Revolutionary War veteran led a riot shutting down courthouses.  Massachusettes asked the government asking for help to stop the rebellion. The goal was to prevent the trial and imprisonment of debt-ridden citizens. 
  • Shays Rebellion
  • In 1787, representatives from every state got together in Philadelphia to talk about improving the Articles of Confederation. This was the Constitutional Convention. Because James Madison was known as the “Father of the Constitution.”
  • Constitutional Convention
  • In the end, the Articles of Confederation failed because they didn't give Congress and the National government enough power. Since they had just fought a war to end what they considered a tyrannical rule of a strong government and the leaders of the U.S. feared a powerful central government.
  • In conclusion, Shay's and his followers were eventually stopped; some of the men were hanged, but most were set free as many people showed compassion for their cause. The event became humilitaing and led leaders called for a  stronger central government. These leaders met in 1787 at a meeting known as the Constitutional Convention.
  • Finally, 
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