Essay on The Whiskey Rebellion After The Revolutionary War

2281 Words May 30th, 2016 10 Pages
1. The Whiskey Rebellion

After the Revolutionary War, government tried to procure a steady source of revenue through taxing whiskey. In response, the government faced a small-scale revolution by some of its own citizens. Most of the country felt negatively toward taxing in general, much less taxing on whiskey. In 1974, a tax inspectors home was attacked by a group of whiskey rebels. The actions of the rebels turned head and the presence of the Whiskey Rebellion threatened to expand to other states outside of Pennsylvania. In response to the destruction, Alexander Hamilton advised military action, and soon 13,000 militia were led by Hamilton and dispersed the the crowds. This event is important because it is the first of many events of American history of the government, for whatever reason, trying to put a stop to alcoholic drinking, so this paves a path of more conflict between the people and the government in later years.

This picture illustrates the conflict and struggle of the government trying to suppress the rebels of the whiskey rebellion.
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