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The Whiskey Rebellion


Protestors in Pennsylvania, carrying a tax collector, who has been tarred and feathered, through a hostile crowd, during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. The tax imposed under the Whiskey Act of 1791 was one of the principal grievances of western states against the eastern-based national government of President George Washington. (Photo by Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Protestors in Pennsylvania, carrying a tax collector, who has been tarred and feathered, through a hostile crowd, during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. The tax imposed under the Whiskey Act of 1791 was one of the principal grievances of western states against the eastern-based national government of President George Washington. (Photo by Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Resistance to excise taxes levied against U.S. whiskey distilleries in the 1790s led to violence and rebellion. Tensions finally came to a head on Christmas day in 1794. Read the show notes here.

Protesters in Pennsylvania, carrying a tax collector, who has been tarred and feathered, through a hostile crowd, during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. The tax imposed under the Whiskey Act of 1791 was one of the principal grievances of western states against the eastern-based national government of President George Washington. (Photo by Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Topics in this Podcast: taxation, U.S. history, Alexander Hamilton, American history, Christmas, 18th century


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