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Rebellion (1786-87) and the Constitution
Shays' Rebellion, the post-Revolutionary clash between New England
farmers and merchants that tested the precarious institutions of the new
republic, threatened to plunge the "disunited states" into a
Daniel Shays (1747?-1825, born Hopkinton, MA), a former Revolutionary
Army captain, led a rebellion by farmers against unsettled economic
conditions and against politicians and laws which were grossly unfair to
farmers and working people in general.
Rebellion: Letters of Generals William Shepard and Benjamin Lincoln to
Governor James Bowdoin of Massachusetts (1787)
time is come in which we have been obliged to shed blood.
Shays, who was at the head of about twelve hundred men, marched
yesterday afternoon about four o'clock, towards the public buildings in
battle array. He marched his men in an open column by platoons.
in the American Revolution
Law in Nineteenth-Century Rural Massachusetts
of Militia in America
The concept of the militia to remember is that it was a SYSTEM to create
organized armed forces for the colony.
The militia could be called out by local officials for defense
purposes or called out by the colonial leadership. There was also
fighting and killing done by groups that were not militia units.