...Shays' Rebellion and the Constitution
Long before the Civil War, there was a crucial time of civil unrest and protest that has been called our country's "first civil war" -- SHAYS' REBELLION. During Washington's presidency, veterans of the Revolution who were struggling for survival under a crushing economy felt betrayed by the new republic for which they had fought -- and took up arms against their government.
For students, teachers, and anyone fascinated by American history, this award-winning program brings conflicting viewpoints to life. James Madison, John Hancock, Noah Webster, Daniel Shays, and ordinary farmers and merchants alike were all stakeholders in shaping a better democracy out of America's Revolution.
"A Little Rebellion" fills in the blanks about the stormy decade between the Revolution and the Constitution, giving students a dramatic way to visualize and remember:
- The economic crisis in the new republic
- The powerlessness of the Continental Congress
- The "chain of debt" and the spread of unrest throughout New England
- The Constitutional Convention, with Madison's defense of the "Virginia Plan"
- The ratification of the new Constitution
30 minutes, color Audience:
Adult, College, High School, Middle School
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