Life Before the Constitution
Life as a Banker
My name is Joseph Collier. I am a member of a successful banker and merchant family in New York. Recently some very upsetting things have been taking place. Some states have passed a law stating that "debtors" are allowed to pay their debts with whatever they have that has value. (Corn, Tobacco, Cows, Etc.) Daniel Shays and other poor people must be thrown in jail and be forced to pay their debts. Lately I have been making a lot of money. There is a proposal to pay all bonds back in cash.
Life as a Farmer
I am Lucas Reed. I am part of a farming family in western Massachusetts. Since we have a small amount of land, we only grown enough food to feed ourselves and a little left over to sell. i have very little money and I am badly in debt.