Constitutional Era & Federal Era

Raven Orozco

Shay Rebellion #1

Shays’ Rebellion is the name given to a series of protests in 1786 and 1787 by American farmers against state and local enforcement of tax collections and judgments for debt.

Fact #2

Although farmers took up arms in states from New Hampshire to South Carolina, the rebellion was most serious in Massachusetts, where bad harvests, economic depression, and high taxes threatened farmers with the loss of their farms.

Fact #3

The rebellion took its name from its symbolic leader, Daniel Shays of Massachusetts, a former captain in the Continental army. 2 people involved were Daniel Shay, George Washington who came out of retirement to deal with the situation at hand

Whiskey Rebellion #1

The excise tax, a tax on alcohol, sparked the Whiskey Rebellion. Whiskey was sometimes used for trading in the early days of the United States, which helped to make this tax unpopular (to say the least) in some circles.

Fact #2

President George Washington personally led troops to quell the Whiskey Rebellion. He remains the only sitting president to go into battle.

Fact #3

When the Whiskey Rebellion ended, only two rebels were convicted of treason. President Washington pardoned both. 2 people involved were George Washington and Alexander Hamilton which was providing funds

Constitutional Convention #1

Was there a curse of the Constitution? Alexander Hamilton was famously killed by Aaron Burr in 1804, but he wasn’t even the first framer of the U.S. Constitution to die in a duel with a political rival.

Fact #2

America’s littlest state had a big independence streak. Rhode Island, distrustful of a powerful federal government, was the only one of the 13 original states to refuse to send delegates to the Constitutional Convention

Fact #3

When Thomas Jefferson gushingly called the Constitutional Convention delegates “an assembly of demigods,” he wasn’t being full of himself. 2 people who were involved were James Madison, Alexander Hamilton