Lead: Faced with growing anarchy and an arthritic Constitution, many in the new United States began to demand a better way.

Intro.: Dan Roberts and A Moment in Time with Jamestown - Journey of Democracy, tracing the global advance of democratic ideals since the founding of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.

 Content: When economic hard times hit New England in the mid-1780s, a growing number of frontier farmers turned to violence when farm foreclosures grew alarmingly and the Massachusetts General Court, dominated by coastal merchants, refused to provide debt relief. The farmers called themselves Regulators, but the movement came to be known as Shays’ Rebellion.

 

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