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What issues did Shays's Rebellion and the Whiskey Rebellion have in common with the American Revolution?

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The main issue that Shays' Rebellion and the Whiskey Rebellion had in common with the American Revolution was the issue of taxation. One of the primary complaints of American colonists that led to open rebellion and war with England was "taxation without representation." Measures such as the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts, and the Tea Act outraged colonists, provoking protests and eventually violent opposition culminating in the American Revolution.

Shays' Rebellion occurred in Massachusetts when revolutionary war veterans were confronted with debts and taxes that they were unable to pay. After the war, the authorities in Massachusetts exacted even higher taxes than the British government had demanded from the colonists. Since the veterans had no means to pay these taxes, Boston authorities began to arrest them and seize their farms, leading to an expanding cycle of violence and reprisals.

The Whiskey Rebellion was caused by opposition to a tax that the newly-formed federal government...

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