In 1787

In 1787, poor farmers from western Massachusetts fighting against high taxes followed Daniel Shays in an attempt to seize the arms stockpiled at the Springfield Armory, this event is known as Shays Rebellion. The cause was the raise in taxes following the Revolutionary War. The taxes were for France and Holland who wanted it in gold in silver, as to not get a different countries currency. This resource is something not easily obtained by poor farmers who needed to pay their land tax. If you could not pay the tax then they would shut you down or foreclose you. This angered many farmers and they decided to hold auctions and tax collectors hostage in order to stop all forecloses. This rebellion was quickly put down by George Washington and opened the door for a reorganizing of government power at the next Constitutional Convention. The faults of the Articles of Confederation were demonstrated and a new Constitution was drawn up.