The War Of The United States Essay examples

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From being the General of the Continental Army until on the brink of death, George Washington, the first president of the U.S., cared about America and wanted to keep it safe against upcoming and unavoidable dilemmas the country would face. To accomplish this, he wrote his Farewell Address, with the help of the Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson, and the Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. In this letter, George Washington informed the people that he would no longer run for president and advised the people to avoid debt and to pay their taxes, to not form permanent foreign alliances, and not to form political parties.
Debt and taxes were a major issue, in the beginning, for the U.S. For instance, the U.S. owed about fifty-two million dollars of debt, “$11.7 million to foreign countries and about $40 million to U.S. citizens” (Deverell and White, 200) because of The Revolutionary War, in which the U.S. broke away from England, and in order to help pay back the debt, “Congress passed a tax on American-made whiskey in March 1791” (Deverell and White, 209), a product in which farmers converted their corn into because it was “easier to transport than corn”(Deverell and White, 209) and “became like money in their region” (Deverell and White, 209). This tax enraged many farmers who thought that “the tax was aimed specifically at them” (Deverell and White, 209) and so, “in what became known as the Whiskey Rebellion, farmers lashed out against the tax on whiskey”…

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