The Shays' rebellion mainly consisted of ex-soldiers of the revolutionary war. They mostly turned into farmers. These farmers opposed state economic policies that caused poverty and property foreclosures. Daniel Shays just so happened to be one of the former soldiers, now farmers.
Shays' Rebellion 1786-1787
In the summer of 1786, Captain Joseph Hines had hundreds of farmers block the door to the court house so judges couldn't get in. several hundreds more from elsewhere also joined in and helped them protest for the rights they deserve.
A former soldier named Daniel Shays, the reason the rebellion is CALLED this, fought at Bunker Hill and other significant war sites.
In September of 1786, Daniel Shays led 600 men to shut down the court in Springfield. He ended up negotiating with General William Shepard to open the court again but allow protesters to parade. The court did actually close due to lack of jurors to serve.
In 1787, 1200 men led by Shays and other leaders attacked the federal arsenal in Springfield. Many more attacks by hundreds of men were made all over the state.
The newly elected governor, John Hancock, had many people in the war received pardons.