People had very little money. Family owed $200 a year. Debt laws were strict those times so those who couldn't pay off their dept had their property auctioned off. If they still didn't pay they were put in jail.
We must fight for what I right!!!
Jails were packed with people
Farmers begged the Massachusetts Legislature to provide debt relief, but they refused.
The farmers rebelled and Daniel Shays, created a group of 1,500 men
Shays and his men marched on a federal arsenal, a place to store weapons. The arsenal was defended by 900 militia soldiers. The militia defeated shays men quickly.
Even though shays men were defeated. The farmers won the sympathy of many people.