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Shay’s Rebellion BeforeDuringAfter Book: Revolution caused economic distress War debts Merchants and landowners who invested in state bonds during war want the government to redeem them(Abigail Adams) This means an increase in taxes and decrease in paper currency Officials refused Low priced British goods were flooding American markets driving urban artisans and textile firms out of business Massachusetts The state issued taxes and debts Legislature ignored the interests of ordinary citizens, and increased taxes to pay off wartime debts New constitution placed power in the hands of a mercantile elite that owned the bulk of state’s war bonds The demands were led by Captain Daniel Shays Continental army veteran The rebellion was a resistance to the British Stamp Act Massachusetts legislature passed the Riot Act to put down the rebellion Shays’s Rebellion failed Showed that many middling Patriot families felt that American oppressors had replaced British tyrants Led to many states issuing economic relief Article: High debt on farmers The government did not pay attention to the struggles of the lower class, especially farmers The land was taken from those who could not pay off their debt and some were imprisoned People resisted the high taxes and the government People held secret meetings and freed prisoners Daniel Shays took up the leadership of the group and led protests and revolts James Bowdoin fought against Shays’s rebellion and crushed them Even though they were defeated, the sense of rebellion remained and influenced people in other states Smaller protests took place Shays’s rebellion showed the internal conflict in post-revolutionary times
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