Daniel Shays (Dictionary of World Biography: The 17th and 18th Centuries)
Article abstract: In 1787, Shays led farmers in a rebellion against the state government of Massachusetts, protesting unfair debtor laws and inequitable taxation. The rebellion raised fears of anarchy among political leaders throughout the United States, motivating them to meet in Philadelphia, where they would draft the Constitution.
Daniel Shays began life in obscurity, born around 1747 in the colony of Massachusetts to Patrick and Margaret Shays. For the first thirty years of his life, he remained relatively anonymous; like his father before him, he eked out an existence as a farmer in the Massachusetts countryside. However, in April, 1775, when Paul Revere rode from Boston to warn fellow patriots that the British were on the march, Shays grabbed his musket and stepped from the shadows of anonymity. He fought in the Battle of Lexington and then joined fifteen thousand militiamen in Boston, where he participated in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Having survived these two encounters with the British army, a point when many returned to their farms, Shays once again shouldered his musket. This time he headed north, where he served at Fort Ticonderoga, witnessed the surrender of British General John Burgoyne’s army at Saratoga, and joined in George Washington’s night raid on the redcoats at Stoney Point, New York, in July of 1779. Shays was not a man who backed away from a fight.
After five years of...
(The entire section is 1853 words.)
Show us the love and view this for free! Use the facebook like button, or any other share button on this page, and get this content free!free!
Want to Read More?
Subscribe now to read the rest of this article. Plus get complete access to 30,000+ study guides!