Part i- the Declaration of Independence kicked off the American Revolution. The war lasted until 1783, but as early as 1781 the colonies adopted the Articles of Confederation as their first constitution.
We are going to READ a high school textbook excerpt ABOUT SHAYS’ REBELLION. AFTERWARDS, DISCUSS & ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS in your groups: • WHAT HAPPENED IN SHAY’S REBELLION? • HOW IS IT CONNECTED TO THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION? • ACCORDING TO THE TEXTbook excerpt, HOW DID AMERICANS RESPOND?
PART III The common story about Shays’ rebellion is that the Founding Fathers realized that the Articles of Confederation were too weak and thought that the central government needed more power to control popular uprisings. central questions: Did all Americans think the Articles of Confederation were too weak? How did Americans react to Shays’ Rebellion?
GROUP DISCUSSION qUESTIONS BY TABLE:
tables washington & HAMILTON: What are the pros and cons of a strong central government?
TABLES JEFFERSON & madison: Why might Jefferson oppose having a strong central government?
tables adams & monroe: Why would the idea of poor farmers rebelling be scary to many of the people at the Constitutional Convention?
TABLE jACKSON: Do YOU agree with Jefferson’s assertion about the “tree of liberty?”
table lincoln: How does JEFFERSON'S letter challenge or expand the textbook’s account? TABLE FRANKLIN: Why might many textbooks make it seem like everyone wanted a strong central government after Shays’ Rebellion?