Whiskey Rebellion

The Whiskey Rebellion occurred in the 1790s. It was due to dissatisfaction with policies that were passed. Whiskey was not the sole reason for the resistance, but a tax upon it was a major cause.

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Whiskey Rebellion

What caused the Whiskey Rebellion?

Alexander Hamilton placed a tax on alcohol APEX

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What was the Whiskey Rebellion?

The Whiskey Rebellion was a citizen revolt against a 1791 tax on whiskey. The reaction to the 1794 uprising in Pennsylvania demonstrated the determination of the US to enforce Federal laws. The militias of several states, under the personal command of President George Washington, were used to end the insurrection.

The tax on whiskey was bitterly and fiercely opposed by the settlers on the frontier from the day it was passed. Western farmers considered it to be both unfair and discriminatory, since they had traditionally converted their excess grain into liquor. Since the nature of the tax affected those who sold the whiskey, it directly affected many farmers. Many protest meetings were held, and a situation arose which was reminiscent of the opposition to the Stamp Act of 1765, before the American Revolution. Several groups were formed in opposition to the tax, and refused to pay it. Eventually the coercion of officials and private citizens prompted Washington to use military action.

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George Washington
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How did the whiskey rebellion benefit the Washington administration?

Washington's strong response to the Whiskey rebellion showed that the federal government was in charge , could and would enforce the laws passed by Congress, including the unpopular whiskey tax. The rapid put-down of the rebellion gained the presidency new respect and made similar rebellion more unlikely.

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Alexander Hamilton
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How did Alexander Hamilton view the Whiskey Rebellion?

He saw it as a test of the new administration's ability to govern.

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What was the significance of the Whiskey Rebellion?

It demonstrated the need for a standing militia (later the national guard) and showed the resolve of the new federal government to enforce its laws.

History

The Whiskey Rebellion 1794 was an uprising in the Pennsylvania counties West of the Alleghenies, caused by Alexander Hamilton 's excise tax of 1791. The settlers, mainly Scotch-Irish, for whom whiskey was an important economic commodity, resented the tax as discriminatory and detrimental to their liberty and economic welfare. There were many public protests, and rioting broke out in 1794 against the central government's efforts to enforce the law. Troops called out by President Washington quelled the rioting, and resistance evaporated. Nevertheless Hamilton sought to make an example of the settlers and illustrate the newly created government's power to enforce its law; many were arrested. President Washington pardoned the two rebels who were convicted of treason. The tax was repealed in 1802.

Significance to the US and its Citizens

The new federal government, at the urging of the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, assumed the states' debt from the American Revolutionary War. In 1791 Hamilton convinced Congress to approve taxes on distilled spirits and carriages. Hamilton's reasons for the tax were several: he wanted to pay down the national debt, but justified the tax "more as a measure of social discipline than as a source of revenue." But most importantly, Hamilton "wanted the tax imposed to advance and secure the power of the new federal government."

This marked the first time under the new United States Constitution that the federal government used military force to exert authority over the nation's citizens. It was also one of only two times that a sitting President personally commanded the military in the field. (The other was after President James Madison fled the British occupation of Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812.)

The military suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion set a precedent that U.S. citizens who wished to change the law had to do so peacefully through constitutional means; otherwise, the government would meet any disturbances of the peace with force.

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What did Washington's response to the whiskey rebellion lead to?

George Washington's response to the Whiskey Rebellion was to send peace commissioners to negotiate terms with the ones who were rebelling. He also sent militia in case it was necessary, but it turned out that they were not needed. This action by Washington showed the nation that the government had the ability to suppress insurrection. This finally lead to the formation of political parties.

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Where did the whiskey rebellion take place?

The Whiskey Rebellion began in the western part of Pennsylvania in 1794.

It ended when President Washington led 13,000 men in a Federal militia to quell the uprising, in October 1794.

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How was the whiskey rebellion and shays rebellion alike?

They both had similar meanings to rebel. They both were because of ridiculous taxes.

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Taxes and Tax Preparation
Alexander Hamilton
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Alexander Hamilton's taxes led to rebellion in?

western Pennsylvania

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Shays' Rebellion

What are the similarties between Shay's rebellion and the whiskey rebellion?

Both were conducted by famers whom were anti-taxes.

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Founding Fathers
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Thomas Jefferson
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What were Thomas Jefferson's views on taxes?

Jefferson to George Wythe, 1786:

"The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education, is not more than a thousandth part of will be paid to kings, priests and nobles, who will rise up among us, if we leave the people in ignorance."

From: The Jeffersonian cyclopedia: a comprehensive collection of the views of ...

By Thomas Jefferson

The Fact-sheets below--are skewed by the extreme right, a contradiction to all that Jefferson stood for:

To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his father has acquired too much, in order to spare to others who (or whose fathers) have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, "to guarantee to everyone a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."

Thomas Jefferson, at http://www.ustreas.gov/education/fact-sheets/taxes/ustax.html

Answer: I despised them then and despise them now. I am happy to report I have found a way to overcome taxes and death. You'll be reading all about it soon as you too can defeat the system.

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How was the Whiskey Rebellion an opportunity for the federal government to demonstrate it's authority?

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What year did the whiskey rebellion happen?

happened in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1794

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What is the Sagebrush Rebellion?

It is the fight over the use of US Public Lands with different groups seeking special rights and access. Ranchers want grazing, miners want access, conservation people want wilderness, Campers want roads, Archeologists want everyone kept out but themselves, loggers want roads but not for campers to use. It is an unresolved and often heated struggle.

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Whiskey Rebellion

The significance of the whiskey rebellion on the American nation as a whole The analyzes of the whiskey rebellion in terms of the economic and political developments and conflicts in Southwestern pa?

The Whiskey Rebellion 1794 was an uprising in the Pennsylvania counties West of the Alleghenies, caused by Alexander Hamilton 's excise tax of 1791. The settlers, mainly Scotch-Irish, for whom whiskey was an important economic commodity, resented the tax as discriminatory and detrimental to their liberty and economic welfare. There were many public protests, and rioting broke out in 1794 against the central government's efforts to enforce the law. Troops called out by President Washington quelled the rioting, and resistance evaporated. Nevertheless Hamilton sought to make an example of the settlers and illustrate the newly created government's power to enforce its law; many were arrested. President Washington pardoned the two rebels who were convicted of treason. The tax was repealed in 1802.

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How old was Martin Luther King Jr when he first attended college?

He entered Morthouse college at 15 years old.
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How did George Washington deal with the whiskey rebellion?

he sent federal troops into western pennsylvania to deal with the whiskey rebellion. the significance of this action was that it showed the strength of the federal government under the constitution.

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History of the United States
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Shays' Rebellion

How did the Whiskey Rebellion compare to the Shay's Rebellion under the Articles of Confederation?

The Whiskey Rebellion occured in Pennsylvania, during George Washington's second term as President of the United States. The Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton had declared a tax on liquor made from the wheat and barley that the Pennsylvania farmers grew. The farmers protested, became rebels and overcame small groups of federal troops. They closed the courts and began a march to Pittsburg. President Washington knew he could not let this small band of rebels continue. He dressed in his military uniform and led a group of heavily armed militiamen to quickly put down the revolt. The president declared the only way to change federal law was at the ballot box.

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What was pugachev's rebellion significance?

Pugachev's rebellion last from 1774-1775 He urged serfs to revolt, and they did, killing their landowners. It was significant because it was the most famous rebellion of the peasants and Catherine began to see what her favoring of the nobility did to the peasants of Russia.

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What tax that caused the whiskey rebellion?

The 1791 federal excise tax placed on the production of whiskey in order to pay off national debt led to the Whiskey Rebellion.

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What was the result of the Whiskey Rebellion?

The result of the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 was that after Washington and Hamilton marched to western Pennsylvania the revolt collapsed because they were too afraid of an army 15,000 strong attacking them. 20 of the men were arrested but later all except for two were abdicated. The other two were hung sadly. This then let the American people trust that the government could stop an outbreak like this and that they were much stronger that the previous government under the Articles of Confederation. The tax was collected but without much success since it was difficult to do.

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Why was the Whiskey Rebellion so important?

It was important because it was the first time under the new united states constitution that the Federal government used military force to put to use authority over the nation's citizens.
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Who wrote the sixth amendment?

The entire Bill of Rights (First 10 Amendments) was drafted by James Madison but was taken in large part from the ideas of George Mason.

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Significance of the Taiping Rebellion?

-1850-1864 -Led by Hong Xiuquan -20-30 million killed from warfare and starvation -ended by Qing Army with help from the French and British

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How did George Washington stop the whiskey rebellion?

George Washington ended it by sending up to 12000 -13000 militias from several states to stop the crowd of rebels. Couple of men were arrested, but George Washington pardoned all of them. He just wanted to prove that the central/national government had power and the ability to stop any rebellion.

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