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After Shays’ Rebellion

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

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

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