Learning Goal: I can identify how Shays’s Rebellion demonstrated the weakness of the Articles of Confederation



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Learning Goal: I can identify how Shays’s Rebellion demonstrated the

weakness of the Articles of Confederation.
Directions: Complete the outline starting with the Section “Debt in Massachusetts” on p.232, continue reading until page 235.
I. Debt in Massachusetts (p.232)

A. Massachusetts tried to pay its war debts by _______________________________.


B. The state’s economic policy hit _______________ particularly hard.
C. Farmers had trouble paying their _____________. As a result, courts made farmers:
D. Some farmers had to serve terms in _____________ prison.
E. Some farmers had to sell themselves as ____________________________.
II. Shays’s Rebellion (p.234-235)

A. In September of 1786, farmers with pitchforks attempted to ___________ down _________ in the state.

B. The reasoning for this was simple- ________________________________________________________________________.
C. The leader of this was _______________________.
D. The state government threatened to do what to captured rebels?
E. How many months had Shay’s Rebellion occurred before the state captured the rebels?

F. How many were sentenced to death? What happened to Shays?


G. What was the State’s thinking with Shays?

H. Compare George Washington’s reaction to the event with Thomas Jefferson.

Washington:

Jefferson:


I. How did Shays’s Rebellion reveal (show) that the Articles of Confederation were not working?



Your Turn: You are a reporter who witnessed the trial of Daniel Shays.
Would you describe Daniel Shays as a hero or a villain? Explain in the space below:
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Picture This: For each scenario determine why the Articles of Confederation can’t solve the problem.
Scenario 1: Congress declares War on France.

Congress determines it will need 10,000 troops and $5 million to successfully win the war.


Why can’t the Articles solve this problem?
Scenario 2: 1 million residents in Cleveland have been affected by a severe snow storm.

No one has power, people are without food, and riots are occurring as people are stealing from grocery stores. Cleveland and Ohio can’t solve this, so they’ve asked the Articles to solve this.


Why can’t the Articles solve this problem?
Scenario 3: A national report recently came out suggesting that all of Ohio’s bridges need major repairs or else the public’s safety is at risk. The estimated cost is $40 million. Ohio can’t afford this, so it asks the Articles for help.
Why can’t the Articles solve this problem?


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