As of recently, there have been reports of an increase in taxes to pay off debts in Massachusetts. A huge number of individuals who couldn 't pay these taxes are farmers, and they ended up finding themselves going to court, then to prison. This issue had led to the start of the Shay 's Rebellion, which was a fight for change between the farmers and the legislatures. I believe that the farmers were making the right decision to oppose the government because of the unfair laws that were placed. The farmers had experienced so much, and taxes had affected them profoundly to the point where they wanted to overthrow the government in control.
The people of Boston were very angry to say the least as exhibited in the quotation above. Written for people that did not experience the Stamp Act the passage very clearly states how violently the colonists acted toward the Stamp Act. The colonists acted this way to the enforcers of the Stamp Act and tax collectors. The acting out, the break ins... and these events were not at the time just happening in Boston. All up and down the east coast colonists against the Stamp Act acted very similarly.
The colonists were so angered by these taxes because they had no say on it. In The Declaration of Independence there was these things called The List of Grievances. The List of Grievances was all the complaints of the colonists into one document. It covered the law where British soldiers were put in the homes of the colonists, also known as the Quartering Acts. The King even took it as far as making people go to England to be tried instead of in the colonies.
Thomas Putnam was accusing all of his neighbors of witchcraft so that he can buy their land. Giles Corey tells the court that a man told him that Putnam was wrongfully accusing people so he could buy their land, but Giles would not reveal to the court who gave him this information. Giles Corey states “you know well why not! He’ll lay in jail if I give his name!” (Miller 187). He’s telling the court the reason why he wont give the mans name up because he doesn’t want the man to be put in jail.
Shay’s Rebellion thought that the Articles of confederation was not strong enough and that there should be more power in the central government. The Articles of confederation was seen weak because, it revealed the economic issues and taxation, the lack of leadership, and not being efficient in making laws. In Shay’s rebellion raising the tax on farmers to pay off debt was a weakness. Farmers had taken out loans due to shortages of the revolution, and were being taxed by state. In the Articles of confederation congress was not allowed to tax only states.
In the HISTORY, Shay’s Rebellion is the protest around 1786 to 1787 by the American farmers that are against the state and the locals collecting all the taxes and judgmental for the debt. The farmers from New Hampshire and South Carolina rebel in Massachusetts. In addition, it is where there are bad harvests, economic depression, and high taxes to threatened the farmers with the loss of their farms. A man who was from Massachusetts, Daniel Shays, was a captain in the Continental army. Furthermore, at Springfield there were incidents where leading merchants, lawyers, and supporters of the state government were harassed.
It didn’t help that the slave duty was at a whopping twenty percent. This only brought the farmers into more debt with which their tobacco could not render enough profit to get them out of. According to William Allason, the poor farmers were dedicated to lowering the duty on slaves as low as possible as opposed to shutting down the slave trade altogether, for the farmers needed hands to cultivate their product. (Holton, 71) Britain sided with the gentry’s opponents which were the poor farmers. This example of camaraderie between the British and the poor Virginians establishes the farmers’ stance on independence; despite the troubles they have had with the economy, the poor farmers are so bad off that they would rather turn to Britain (home of the Parliament that imposed sanctions negatively affecting the economy) for aide in lowering the duty on slaves.
Another struggle was the effects of Shay’s Rebellion because it affected the courts in the western part of Massachusetts to shut down so that judges couldn’t confiscate their farmland. The cause of the rebellion caused national leaders to worry about government that could not control rebellions and prevent violence. The struggles that the constitution faced was solved, by starting compromises. The first compromise was the Great Compromise written by Roger Sherman called for a bicameral legislature. This compromise was between small and large states of the colonies and combined the demands that both large and small states needed.
Mariam Tarek English Hw 8/1/2017 Martin Luther King’s journey to peace During the 19th century, a Mexican-American war took place in the United States. A few people saw this as an act of violence against the weak in the country. Henry Thoreau was one of the people who believed this war was wrong. He refused to pay taxes to the government because of the war even though he could afford to pay them. Because it was illegal to refuse to pay taxes owed to the government, Thoreau was put in jail.
Many author’s ideas state that the ends justify the means. In other words Machiavelli believed that even unethical, cruel actions are appropriate, if they would lead to the effective ruling. For example, the Chapter 17 says the governor should choose cruelty not mercy because it “is much safer to be feared than loved” (Machiavelli 79). In other words, author advises rulers not give up on repressions and other sanctions in attempt to maintain and improve their positions in state. These actions will be justified, even in case of human losses, if the goal will be achieved.
DBQ Between the years 1750 and 1776, England was locking down on the colonies, imposing lots of taxes against the colonists such as the Stamp Acts and Townshend Acts. Tensions were high between England and the colonies and the idea that a Revolution might take place wasn’t out of the question. And it was between those 25 years that colonists in America began to find a sense of unity and a sense of their own individual identities. To find both a sense of unity and their own identity, the colonists banded together in the face of adversity, they also found a sense of identity and unity due to a lack of a sense of belonging, and through the passing of the Townshend Act. As more and more colonists began to turn their back on England, they realized,
This alone pushed many of us away from the crown and towards becoming American Patriots. We had our own problems in America after we separated. The topic of slavery was a rough subject with the people here in America. Now here in Boston the need for slavery wasn’t as great as in the South so we were didn’t think that we needed them but the South wanted to keep slaves because it was giving them more political power when it came to voting and they didn’t even have to pay as much in taxes for them due to the three-fifths Compromise. Slaves seemed to be a huge
Although people think of the farmers as rebels, nevertheless the farmers were freedom fighters because they fought against unlawful punishment, stepped up to demand rights, and fought for money that they weren’t given. Farmers fought against unlawful punishment because the government illegitimately punished them. In this case unlawful means that something that was done was contrary to the law or