How significant was Shays's Rebellion of 1786?
A more nearly correct answer would be that Shay's Rebellion was a clear and compelling indication that the Confederation government under which the U.S. was operating simply did not work. The end result is that the leaders of the nation concluded that a strong central government was needed. George Washington commented that
We have probably had too good an opinion of human nature in forming our Confederation.
The Confederation government had been created with the purpose of avoiding a strong central government. However, with the end of the Revolutionary war, the several states no longer had a...
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Shays rebellion was significant because it made the elites realize that the states had too much power and the central government didn't have enough power which led to revisions of the articles of confederation which led to the constitutioN.