• Summary
  • Contents

Political History of America’s Wars is the first reference work to explore the legislative, social, and policy aspects of America’s major wars, rebellions, and insurrections. This volume weaves together important primary source documents, informative biographies, and in-depth essays to provide coverage of the political antecedents, events, and consequences of America’s wars, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chapter 2. Shays’s Rebellion (1786–1787) and the Whiskey Rebellion (1794)
Chapter 2. Shays’s rebellion (1786–1787) and the whiskey rebellion (1794)
Shays’s Rebellion
At Issue in Shays’s Rebellion

Disaffected Massachusetts veterans of the American Revolution, burdened by postwar economic depression and heavy state taxation, forcibly prevented local courts from convening to effect pending property foreclosures and seizures.

The Conflict

The Articles of Confederation created at most a loose federation of states, not a nation. ...

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