The Whiskey Rebellion

A little history to brighten your day.

I have always been fascinated by the early American history, the years between 1770-1814…..there was so much history happening that the era was interesting to the point that I studied Political History in college….

Awhile back I wrote a post on the 2nd amendment and cited a couple of incidents in our history that prompted the inclusion of the amendment into the Bill of Rights……one of the situations that I cited was the Whiskey Rebellion and what the ten president George Washington handled the mash-up…..

In case you would like to read what I wrote….it was about 4 years ago that it was posted…..

Source: Why The 2nd? – In Saner Thought

Now let us take a look at this mini rebellion that we hear so little about…..

The Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 is regarded as one of the first tests of federal authority in United States history and of the young nation’s commitment to the constitutional rule of law.

In 1790, the new national government of the United States was attempting to establish itself. Because the government had assumed the debts incurred by the colonies during the Revolution the government was deep in debt. During the 1791 winter session of Congress both houses approved a bill that put an excise tax on all distilled spirits. United States Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, proposed the bill to help prevent the national debt from growing. Loud protests from all districts of the new nation soon followed. These protests were loudest in the western counties of Pennsylvania.

Source: Whiskey Rebellion

There you have some early American history you can dazzle your peeps with in the future….keep in mind that the reason most whiskey distilleries are in the South is because of the issues around the Whiskey Rebellion.


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