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  • After the Revolutionary War, the new United States government was deep in debt. It had cost a lot of money to fight the British for independence. But the first government the Americans created was very weak
  • It was based on a document called the Articles of Confederation, which did not give the national government much power. In particular, the national government could not collect taxes. Instead, each state collected taxes from its citizens to pay its share of the war debt
  • 3 But times were tough, and collecting taxes wasn’t so easy.
  • Shay’s Rebellion: Citizens Turn Violent Things were especially desperate in Massachusetts. Soldiers had returned home after the war expecting wages, but the government could not afford to pay. The economy was slow
  • A Stronger National Government Shay’s Rebellion made it clear that the national government needed to be stronger so it could help states in a crisis
  • A final rebellion occurred in 1799 when the national government decided to collect property taxes in order to pay for a war against France.
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