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One of the major events that encouraged legislators to re-evaluate the Articles of Confederation in the mid-1780s was a rebellion due by poor farmers who were led by Daniel Shays. They were rebelling due to harsh debts and taxes owed at the time. Here's a wiki link:

The Philadelphia Convention in 1787 eventually led to the adoption & ratification of the United States Constitution later that year, which replaced the AoC. Of course, that's where your Bill of Rights and countless amendments are originated from.

There were a few other minor events that aren't on the top of my head at the moment (seeing as how it's 1:00 in the morning). But you should be able to research from there.

-Tanner (AP US History student)

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