The Whiskey Rebellion Was First Proposed By Alexander Hamilton

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On August 11, 1794 the President of the United States of America, George Washington, made a proclamation that addressed the protest against the Whiskey Tax. This proclamation not only addressed the farmers in the western counties of Pennsylvania who were protesting the excise tax on whiskey, but also rallied Washington’s supporters to ally with him in hope of aiding his army to stop those who were rebelling. The Whiskey Rebellion was first proposed by Alexander Hamilton with hopes of helping the nation recover from its debt resulting from the Revolutionary War. Due to the Whiskey Tax, President Washington was forced to address the nation when a rebellion upraised from Western Pennsylvania farmers who were producing the whiskey, and were now being taxed for their products. Washington had to make this proclamation to the country because the Whiskey Rebellion was going around the country fighting tax agents, rioting cities and causing a lot of trouble throughout the nation.
In 1791 the United States suffered from significant debt during the Revolutionary War. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, knew the nation needed to find a new, and steady, source of revenue in order to recover from the debt of the Revolutionary War. Hamilton then proposed an excise tax on whiskey produced in the United States. (American Experience, 1) The farmers of western Pennsylvania, began rebelling the Whiskey Tax to show their resistance against the government’s decision to tax the distilled…

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