“The Federal Pillars,” from The Massachusetts Centinel, August 2, 1789. Library of Congress.
- 6.2: Shay's Rebellion
- In 1786 and 1787, a few years after the Revolution ended, thousands of farmers in western Massachusetts were struggling under a heavy burden of debt. Their problems were made worse by weak local and national economies. Led by Daniel Shays, these armed men, the “Shaysites,” resorted to tactics like the patriots had used before the Revolution, forming blockades around courthouses to keep judges from issuing foreclosure orders.
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