Shays Rebellion

Shays Rebellion

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  • No money no life!
  • Please! We beg you! 
  • No, No and No!
  • 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. 
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