Shays' Rebellion - A Courthouse - 1786 Using the Articles of Confederation, a money shortage shocked America. Paper money that was printed during the previous war was useless. Shay and many farmers were victims to this shortage as they did not have any money to pay off debts with. A Revolutionary War veteran named Daniel Shays organized a protest to the congress of the United States.
Come on, Congress!
I can't pay my debts!
What is this money shortage? I didn't fight in the war for this!
<--- Daniel Shays
The money shortage was so drastic that judges commanded farmers to pay off their debts by giving away their land and selling livestock. Shays responded by closing down their courthouses. Congress wished for them to calm down. But they refused!
CALM DOWN YOUR MEN, SHAY!
We will once you tell your judges to stop ordering us to sell our land and livestock!
1787 - Springfield Congress sent in the militia when the rebellion armed themselves with weapons in Springfield. Eventually, the rebellion dispersed.
Oh, come on...
Congress agreed to meet up and revise the Articles of Confederation in Philadelphia in May, 1787. They wanted to prevent future events like Shays' rebellion.
We can't have something like Shays' rebellion happen again.
I know. We need to revise the Articles of Confederation. But how?
I see your point. With so many people to control, that's the only way to keep America together.
(above) James Madison
We must establish a strong central government if we don't want America to be torn apart.
The Constitution We the People...
I'm prepared for the Constitutional Convention!
Without Shays' Rebellion, Congress might not have revised the Articles of Confederation and created the Constitution!
Because he was prepared with new ideas at the Convention, James Madison was known as the Father of the Constitution!