Shays' Rebellion

Post-Revolutionary-War America faced obstacles as its people worked to establish the new republic. In New England, merchants and farmers struggled to maintain their businesses in a new economy without established European trade or credit lines. In August 1786, tensions culminated in what is now known as Shays’ Rebellion, an uprising in Massachusetts that lasted until the summer of 1787. Led by Daniel Shays, the rebel “Shaysites” of Western Massachusetts tried to rise up against what they considered to be an oppressive tax system and political corruption. “Shaysites” felt that eastern Massachusetts elites were ignoring issues that affected the lower classes. The rebellion ultimately helped shape the content of the United States Constitution, which was created shortly after the end of the uprising and ratified on June 21, 1788. This collection of illustrations, documents, and texts help give a new perspective on the rebellion and its impact.

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Hillary Brady. Shays' Rebellion. 2016. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, (Accessed April 13, 2024.)
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Hillary Brady, (2016) Shays' Rebellion. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America,
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Hillary Brady. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <>.
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