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August 29, 1786

Shays' Rebellion Begins

On this day in 1786, Shays' Rebellion Began. The Shays' Rebellion is named after Daniel Shays, a Massachusettes farmer and Revolutionary War veteran. Shays and his followers were upset with the way they were treated when they returned from fighting in the war. Many of the farmers came home heavily in debt after months or years of fighting with little or no pay. To make matters worse, the high taxes inflicted upon them to help pay the debts from the war effort was more than they could endure as they watched their friends and family hauled away to debtors' prison or watched their land be confiscated and sold off to cover their debts.