Shays' Rebellion

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Shays' Rebellion (1786-87) was an armed insurrection by rural farmers in western and central Massachusetts, sparked by the state government's unpopular response to a debt crisis. The insurrection reached its climax when the rebels, referred to by some scholars as 'Shaysites', unsuccessfully assaulted a federal arsenal in Springfield, Massachusetts, ultimately leading to the rebellion's dissolution.

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Timeline

  • 29 Aug 1786 - 27 Feb 1787
    Shays' Rebellion threatens to topple the state government of Massachusetts, leading American political figures to rethink central government under the Articles of Confederation.
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