An uprising led by a former militia officer, Daniel Shays, which broke out in western Massachusetts in 1786. Shays's followers protested the foreclosures of farms for debt and briefly succeeded in shutting down the court system. Although the rebellion was easily overcome, it persuaded conservatives of the need for a strong national government and contributed to the movement to draft the Constitution.
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
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