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The Whiskey Rebellion

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The Whiskey Rebellion by Herminne Tonita -

In 1788 George Washington was elected as the first President of the United States. New York was then the country's capital city. On April 30, 1789, Washington stood on a balcony there and swore a solemn oath "to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." When the ceremony came to an end he officially took control of the nation's government.

Washington believed that political parties were harmful. He said that it was "the interest and duty pf wise people to discourage" them. Even so, he favored a strong federal government, so he tended to govern in a Federalist manner. The way that he dealt with the "Whiskey Rebellion" of 1794 was an example of this.

The main crop grown by farmers in western Pennsylvania was corn. Some of this they mad e into whiskey , which they then sold. When the federal government placed a tax on the whiskey the Pennsylvania farmers refused to pay it. They burned down the houses of the federal tax collectors, or "revenue agents", who tried to make them pay.

Washington sent an army of 15,000 men to support the rights of the federal government. Faced by soldiers, the rebels went home quietly. The Whiskey Rebellion collapsed without any fighting. The soldiers arrested a few of the leaders, but later the President pardoned them.

After this there was no more organized resistance to paying the whiskey tax. But many frontier farmers went on making whiskey that was never taxed. They made it in stills hidden away in the woods, in places that revenue agents could not find. Such illegal "moonshine" whiskey-so called because it was often made at night-continues to be made to this day.
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18th-century rebellions
1794 in the United States
History of Pennsylvania
Rebellions in the United States
Presidency of George Washington
Tax resistance
3rd United States Congress


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