Today In History- August 29

Today In History- August 29


Shays' Rebellion, an armed uprising of Massachusetts farmers, begins in response to high debt and tax burdens.

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Shay's Rebellion begins as inequality among social classes deepens.

  • Boston, Massachusetts

In one of the first agrarian rebellions against national rule, on August 29, 1786, the armed uprising known as Shay's Rebellion began, led by angry farmers upset of rising debt and taxes.  The rebellion began as a small Massachusetts militia attacked the federal Springfield Armory, with calls to address the inequalities the nation was facing in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War.  National leaders watched the events closely, and considered the uprising to be an impetus in resolving issues over the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.

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