America in Class Lessons

After Shays’ Rebellion

Author: Cave, Karen Carroll (NHC Education Digital Projects Coordinator, 2016–18)

Advisor: Breen, T. H. (NHC Fellow, 1983–84; 1995–96)

Shays’ Rebellion (1786–1787) and its aftermath reflected more than just problems within the Articles of Confederation government. Reaction to Massachusetts’ treatment of the rebels following the insurrection served as a reminder to those in power of the republican nature of the American government. It emphasized the importance of the right to vote as a key element of the reciprocal duties between the government and its citizens.

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Subjects: Political Science; History; Education Studies; Shay's Rebellion; Correspondence; American History; Voting Rights; United States Government; Primary Sources