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As far as a new nation is concerned everything is a factor in developing the personality and character of its politics Whether negative or positive events occur does not matter for in the capricious nature of the new nation any event is a big event for the people taking charge for the first time These affairs can be grouped into two loose categories domestic and foreign Both of these played a significant role in the shaping of American politics However because it was occurring within the country and could not be ignored domestic affairs were the greater of the two sculptors Three such events that helped to shape American politics towards the end of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth century were Shays Rebellion the Alien and Sedition Acts and the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase Shays Rebellion was an event that showed how weak the central government was and how little the people cared for the policies that governed them To raise money to pay off debts from the Revolution states had to collect taxes from their citizens Farmers especially those in Massachusetts were outraged by this decree They took measures into their own hands forming groups to overthrow courts and protesting the government George Washington feared for the security of the new nation and sent troops to deal with Shays men When the rebels were caught after trying to take an arsenal it was clear that the Articles of Confederation were unclear as to how these men should be handled The different parties saw the issues in different light with everything from trail by jury to hanging to a general pardon favored The central government was unable to help the compromise that was a basis of American politics was of no use Something needed to change so the policies were redrafted under the new name of the Constitution Thus Shays Rebellion led to a change in politicsThe
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