Days that Unexpectedly Changed America
Rebellion—one of the 10 days that unexpectedly changed America.
Taxes in Massachusetts to be paid in specie (gold or silver, not paper
money). The wealthy powerful people in Boston passed this tax. Poorer
What happens to your property if you can’t pay your mortgage or taxes?
Some lost their farms because they couldn’t pay. Daniel Shays couldn’t
pay and would have been sent to jail.
What are you going to do for money if your farm is taken away and you
are put in jail? Lead a rebellion. Closed courts, busted debtors out
of jail, nearly took control of a federal arsenal in Springfield.
Wealthy Boston men raised an army in time (Congress couldn’t). This
army fired on the rebels, who were shocked, and they retreated. Shays
flees to Vermont and appeals his death penalty, wins.
What is he not allowed to do for a period of time (what rights are taken
away)? Voting, serving on jury…understandable. Why can’t he be a
schoolteacher or tavernkeeper?
an old man he asks for his veterans’ pension. He gets it shortly before
he dies. Why did we even give him a pension?
a Revolutionary war veteran—why would he rebel against this government?
(He’s used to defying authority, he hates taxes, he’s still fighting for
liberty, the articles are too weak. You don’t always get used to following
the rules). Is he a radical or a conservative?
Adams’ contribution to the Revolution was that he caused it.” Why would
Sam, the radical, become the conservative? Positions change when you
actually have to run a government—first a radical Articles, then a
was Shays’ Rebellion one of the 10 days? Impact: Rich people/government
gets scared and ratifies the Constitution. They have the most to lose.
Pushes them toward the Nationalist/Federalist position.
if Shays’ Rebellion never happened? We might not have our Constitution, for
better or for worse.