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Reactions to Shays' Rebellion
  
Shays' Rebellion led to both shrugs and alarm
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Question 0111016:

Match the correct sources for the following two quotes about the rebellion led by Daniel Shays in 1786

Quote #1: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."

Quote #2: "Influence is not government. Let us have a government by which our lives, liberties, and properties will be secured, or let us know the worst at once."

(A) 1-Sam Adams/2-John Adams
(B) 1-Thomas Paine /2-Henry Knox
(C) 1-Thomas Jefferson 2-George Washington
(D) 1-Paul Revere /2-James Madison
(E) 1-Alexander Hamilton/ 2-John Hancock

Answer:
 (C) 1-Thomas Jefferson 2-George Washington

 Explanation:
  Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays led a revolt of farmers in western Massachusetts that led to at least 1000 arrests. The violence caused alarm among many, including George Washington and helped spur the Annapolis Convention which in turn led to the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Thomas Jefferson, by contrast, when hearing of the rebellion in Paris, was unconcerned."I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."


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