The Anti-Federalists by Jackson Main, 1961, Excerpts
In 1786-87, unrest exploded in the famous Shay’s Rebellion [Massachusetts] that divided the state. The western area was in sympathy with the protest movement. Upon the outbreak of Shay’s Rebellion, the universal reaction among men of means was to crush it. They thought it was an uprising of the poor against the rich, designed to control the government and to annihilate all debts. The aid of Congress was promptly sought, and Congress responded by calling for troops, ostensibly because of an Indian threat.
Shay’s Rebellion and the Constitution by Mary Hull, 2000, Excerpts