Constitutional Era

By: Kaleigh Vaught

Shay's Rebellion

Shay's Rebellion was an armed uprising that took place in central and western Massachusetts in 1786 and 1787. The rebellion was named after Daniel Shays, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War. The rebellion started on August 29th, 1786. The rebellion started by financial difficulties, a credit squeeze caused by a lack of hard currency. Protestors, including many war veterans shut down county courts in the later months of 1786 to stop the judicial hearings for tax and debt collection. James Bowdoin organized a military force to confront the rebels. Seth Catlin was jailed during the time.

Whiskey Rebellion

Pennsylvania farmers were upset with tax on whiskey. These farmers refused to pay tax. Washington led 12,000 troops into Pennsylvania. Rebellion disbands and farmers pay tax. The United States paid off the debt. Hamilton advocated the use for military force. Henry Lee and Hamilton led 13,000 militia groups.

Constitutional Convention

Also know as the Philadelphia convention. Took place from May 25th to September 17th, 1787 in Philadelphia. They did this because the weak central government that existed under the Articles of Confederation. The Articles gave congress virtually no power to regulate domestic affairs, no power to tax, and no power to regulate commerce. The Constitution came into effect in 1789 and has served ever since. George Mason and John Jay were two of the most important delegates in the Constitutional Convention.
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