Saturday, August 29, 2009

This Day In History 08.29.09

August 29, 1786. The war was over, but The American Revolution was not. On this date in 1786 Shays' Rebellion began. The Rebellion was named after Daniel Shays who was a veteran of the Revolution.

The "Shaysites" were a group of mostly poor farmers who revolted against debt and crushing taxes. Failure to pay these taxes usually left people in debtor's prison.

The rebellion lasted until January of 1787.

Without a doubt, Shays' Rebellion was one of the biggest blunders of this young nation, who still had a lot of growing up to do.

Useful links:

The Last Battle of the American Revolution
Shays' Rebellion (1786-87) and the Constitution

2 comments:

Marie Burton said...

Very interesting, and I wonder if we have grown up yet? Sometimes I really think not.

Christy said...

No, we've got a ways to go, still.