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)