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Why did Massachusetts farmers, led by Daniel Shays, close down courts in their state?

a. To prevent the trial of Daniel Shays, who had been arrested earlier
b. To protest the decision by the state legislature to approve the Constitution
c. To prevent the government from taking their property and jailing them
d. To protest the decision by the state legislature to approve the Articles of Confederation

About the Podcast: 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

60-Second Civics is produced by the Center for Civic Education. The show's content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Foundations of Democracy, and Elements of Democracy.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 2135, The first national government, Part 5: Shays' Rebellion
Angry farmers led by Daniel Shays led an armed rebellion in Massachusetts. Find out why on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2134, The first national government, Part 4: Economic trouble in the early republic
Hard economic times afflict the United States after the American Revolution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2133, The first national government, Part 3: Achievements under the Articles of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation had its weaknesses, but the government under the Articles also had significant achievements.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2132, The first national government, Part 2: Government under the Articles of Confederation
Under the Articles of Confederation, Congress could not raise taxes directly. Each state had one vote, regardless of population.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2131, The first national government, Part 1: The Articles of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation established a weak national government with very limited powers.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2130, State constitutions, Part 7: The Massachusetts Constitution of 1780
What was one of John Adams' greatest contributions to American constitutionalism? Find out on today's episode.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2129, State constitutions, Part 6: Rights protected in state declarations of rights
Most states had their own declarations or bills of rights. These were designed to protect the rights of the people.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2128, State constitutions, Part 6: The Virginia Declaration of Rights
The Virginia Declaration of Rights served as a model for our Bill of Rights. Learn about this fascinating document on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2127, State constitutions, Part 5: State declarations of rights
States were keen to protect the rights of citizens. Most states therefore had bills or declarations of rights.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2126, State constitutions, Part 4: The judicial branch of early state governments
The states created their own judicial branches, but made sure not to give them too much power.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2125, State constitutions, Part 3: Constitutional government in the states
On today's podcast, we learn more principles of government the states incorporated into their constitutions.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2124, State constitutions, Part 2: Natural rights and republicanism
State governments adopted ideas from natural rights and republicanism in their constitutions.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2123, State constitutions, Part 1: State governments
The newly independent Americans needed a national government, but how would they go about creating one that respected their rights?
60-Second Civics: Episode 2122, The Declaration of Independence, Part 15: Loyalists
The Loyalists thought that rebellion against the king went too far. They paid a steep price for their views.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2121, The Declaration of Independence, Part 14: Right to revolution
Did the colonies have the right to revolution against George III? The colonists thought so.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2120, The Declaration of Independence, Part 13: Complaints against King George III
What were some of the complaints the colonists had against King George III? We find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2119, The Declaration of Independence, Part 12: Human equality and government by consent
Today on the podcast we discuss human equality and government by consent.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2118, The Declaration of Independence, Part 11: The Declaration and natural rights philosophy
Today we learn about natural rights philosophy and the Declaration of Independence.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2117, The Declaration of Independence, Part 10: The three parts of the Declaration
On today's podcast, we learn about the three parts of the Declaration of Independence.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2116, The Declaration of Independence, Part 9: The Second Continental Congress
Today we learn about the Second Continental Congress at the start of the war.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2115, The Declaration of Independence, Part 8: A state of rebellion
On today's podcast, the king declares the colonies to be in a state of rebellion and a committee is appointed to write the Declaration of Independence.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2114, The Declaration of Independence, Part 7: Lexington and Concord
Today on the podcast we learn about the start of the Revolutionary War.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2113, The Declaration of Independence, Part 6: The First Continental Congress
The First Continental Congress met in 1774 and took steps that would anger the British government.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2112, The Declaration of Independence, Part 5: The Boston Tea Party
The Tea Act led directly to the an incident known as the Boston Tea Party, a prelude to the American Revolution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2111, The Declaration of Independence, Part 4: The Boston Massacre
Who represented the soldiers during the trial for the Boston Massacre? The answer may surprise you.