Lesson 6: The Call for Change W ARM U P What are some problems that would cause this country to FALL APART? F A L A P A T R ? L L 12
Lesson 6: The Call for Change The value of money is... Money, Money, Money How would this affect the country?
L EARNING T ARGET: I can explain how the limited powers of the Articles of Confederation created the need for a stronger central government and a new constitution. Lesson 6: The Call for Change 13 R
R Read Section 8.3, page 147. Complete the Cause and Effect Chart as you read. You have 5 minutes to read and complete this. had serious The Nation The States The Value of Money The Farmers Shays and His Followers Call for a Convention The Militia The rebellion PREVIEW the Reading Lesson 6: The Call for Change
had serious The Nation The States The Value of Money Therefore, currency was in short supply. printed their own money. was debatable and very low (not worth anything). Lesson 6: The Call for Change Congress had the “power” to print money but the paper was worthless. money problems.
could not earn enough money to pay their debts and taxes. The Farmers Shays and His Followers Call for a Convention Lost their farms because they were taken away and sold. rebelled in 1786. The Militia The rebellion Closed down the courthouses. Seized the federal arsenal at Springfield, Massachusetts. Lesson 6: The Call for Change restored order. shocked Congress into calling a convention to look at how the government functioned.
W RAP U P 1 Why were so many Americans concerned by the actions of Shays and his supporters? The rebellion frightened many Americans into believing that the “absence of power” in the federal government was a fatal weakness and a more efficient and powerful government had to be created. Lesson 6: The Call for Change L 12
W RAP U P 2 Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, was not alarmed by Shays’s Rebellion. “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then a good thing. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is natural manure.” What does Jefferson mean by this quote? Lesson 6: The Call for Change L 12