Life before the Constitution

Michael Furry

Life as a Enslaved African American

Everyone in your family is enslaved and lives on a tobacco plantation in Virginia. Your life is very harsh, you wake up at dawn and quit when it gets dark and the more chores when you get to the fields. Your master is control of you but you try to make the best life you can with your family. In Virginia thousands of slaves have been able to buy or earn their freedom. Even if you were free, you would not be able to buy anything. You would likely be a poor farmer which is better than up North because they are getting thrown in jail for not paying taxes or debts.
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Life as a Banker/Merchant

I am a member of a prosperous bank and merchant family in New York. Upsetting things have been happening recently, like state legislatures passed laws allowing people who owe money pay in kind. If the poor people could vote this would not be happening. If my state would have responsible legislators then people would be put in jail when they don't pay. But there is some good news, I have bought thousands of dollars of government bonds from people who were given these instead of money.
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Life as a Southern Planter

I live in Virginia and I am a tobacco planter. My family is quite wealthy and we own about 30 black slaves. Although if it was not for my slaves I would be wealthy because the slaves do all the hardest work. People in Shay's rebellion scare me because I wonder if they take my property then I am equal to them. Even in some places they are allowed to run for office. They even threaten the safety of private property.
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