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The original constitution written in 1787 benefited white educated men of wealth and property A strong National government was created by the governing and financial elite to secure the nation and protect their wealth and property This elite group got what they wanted by dominating the government and did what they ideologically felt was right for the people The eleven years before the constitution the United States was weakening due to the failure of the Articles of Confederation The handful of elite got together to do what they felt was necessary to revive the nation This elite group were white men of wealth property and education During the eleven years prior to the constitution men of wealth and property were threatened Economic problems developed within the government the government was incapable of paying its debt and regulating the relationship between the creditors and the debtors Shultz 51 Incapable of paying off thier debt the states began printing their own currency Each state printed different currency which made it difficult to determine its value and soon became known as cheap money because it was basically worthless paper and caused notable inflation in the states Shultz 52 This was a benefit to the debtors allowing them to pay back their loans to their creditors though the creditors were incapable of recouping the full value of their loan Shultz 53 The creditors were losing most of their resources which meant that the debtors were at a loss also Taking action the creditors began rebellions The most serious rebellion was held in Massachusetts 1786 Daniel Shays an ex- revolutionary war captain led a band of rebels compised of farmers artisans and laborers whose land and possessions were scheduled for foreclosure by the local court houses Shays and his rebels captured several court houses burned recors and briefly helf the city of Springfield These rebellions were seen as a direct military threat to the governing elite the creditors
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