So Daniel Shays took action.Late in 1786, Shays led 600 angry people to the courthouse in Springfield. They wanted the judges to stop putting debtors in jail. The state militia scattered the crowd, but the unrest spread.
In January, 1787, Shays led a band of men against the arsenal in Springfield. The militia opened fire and routed the rebels. Shays fled to Vermont and conducted raids across the border. But he was soon captured. Although he and 13 others were condemned to death, they were eventually pardoned.Shays’ Rebellion pointed out the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, the loose association of states that was adopted after the Revolution. Many Americans felt they needed a stronger federal government, with the power to deal with the rebellions that crossed state borders. When the new U.S. Constitution was proposed in 1787, it was quickly ratified by Massachusetts.
It is rarely taught that Daniel Shays had fought during the Revolution and while doing so he met the Marquis de Lafayette. The Marquise gave Shays a valuable sword. Unfortunately, Shays had to sell the sword during the postwar hard times.
The image with this post is Daniel Shays, on the left....as portrayed in Bickerstaff's Boston Almanack.