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 did the Whiskey Rebellion demonstrate about the new government?

Its suppression demonstrated the triumph of federalism and a strong central government.

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What message was Washington sending when he used force to stop the Whiskey Rebellion?

George Washington was trying to prove that he could be a strong leader that would enforce the law, since the people were doubting that the government was capable of handling rebellion.

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What was the result of farmers protesting the whiskey tax in 1794?

Taxes lowered

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How old was martin Luther king jr when he graduated college?

19 years old

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Why was the whiskey rebellion important?

The federal response to the rebellion demonstrated that the new federal government would use force if necessary to collect taxes and uphold its authority.

It established the right of the government to levy this type of tax. It also showed the need for a national guard to maintain order and established its right of federal government to create such a force.

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Who led the army that crushed the Whiskey Rebellion?

George Washington

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When was whiskey rebellion?

1794 was the year that actual shooting occurred. There were incidents against tax-collectors for two or three years before that.

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Shays' Rebellion

What is the difference between shays rebellion and the whiskey rebellion?

During Shays's Rebellion, the state was unable to control Shays and his followers and requested help from the government under the Articles. The Articles of Confederation was a weak government and was unable to support, with force, the state of MA in order to aid in the defeat of the rebellion. The Whiskey Rebellion occurred under the new Constitution of the US. Western PA farmers refused to pay the tax that was enacted on whiskey by the new federal government. This was the first test of the new government to enforce the laws it enacted. President Washington ordered troops into the area of western PA and the Whiskey Rebellion collapsed as it became evident that the government was capable of enforcing the law.

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Why did the whiskey rebellion occur?

The whiskey rebellion happened because George washington had a national debt and taxed people on the whiskey to pay the debt.

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What caused the berbice rebellion in 1763?

because of the harsh treatment and the injustice,underfeeding of slaves.it also include the resentment of ill treatment and lack of provision which causes the berbice rebellion in 1763.

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What year did the whiskey rebellion end?

The actual whiskey rebellion ended in 1794. Court proceedings resulting from it lasted longer.

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Who are historical figures of the whiskey rebellion?

george whashington and general lee

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Which two parties emerged after the whiskey rebellion?

The Federalists and democratic republicans

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What was an exception to the reasons The Whiskey Rebellion was significant?

The hotbed of The Whiskey Rebellion occurred in Washington County, Pennsylvania, with David Bradford one of its leaders. David Bradford was an attorney, so therefore one of the more wealthy and prosperous citizens of Washington, PA. He and his family lived in a small house on South Main Street which was also part of the Underground Railroad; the house still stands and takes public tours through it. (I used to volunteer there to do reenactments of their way of life.)

When people migrated from eastern Pennsylvania, settlers had to cross the main Appalachian Mountains and a smaller chain, The Allegheny Mountains, before finally arriving in southwestern PA (about 1.5 hours from the northern West Virgina border to the south, and about an hour east of the WVA panhandle and the Ohio border). Back in the days of the settlers, they only had walking-hunting trails the Indians made along mountain ridges. Often, these trails were only 1-person wide; 2 people could not walk side by side.


Settlers in SW PA had no ports to the Atlantic Ocean. They could ship by flat boats, but it was time-consuming. Settlers could not make all their goods, either. As three examples, settlers needed tea, sugar, and fabric for clothes. These all came from Britain by ship to eastern colonies--up to the mountains.


At the same time, settlers had to pay for what they needed. SW PA was primarily a corn, wheat, oats, and barley agriculture, along with milk cows, sheep (sheep did well on rocky terrain with rolling hills), hogs/pigs, and chickens.


But transporting crops or animals back across the mountains was treacherous even in summers and could only be carried out on pack animals, each following the other one another. But they walked along cliffs-- one hoof-slip and all the animals went over the side of the mountain! Men were injured; many died.


Growing corn served two important functions. First, it provided human and livestock food. But more importantly, people back east loved their whiskey. Some of the first occupations in SW PA, besides teacher, preacher, lawyer, and farmer were Stills-- whiskey producers. Corn could be easily turned into mash to make liquor! And secondly, it was easier to load wood casks on a horse, mule, donkey or ox to transport the whiskey back over the mountains! It was ingenious! And it brought good money.


But, alas, the government wanted to tax whiskey! Farmers did not like this news. They revolted. It was a "rebellion" that challenged the new government, for certain. And the settlers, emboldened from other demonstrations against the British, were more than happy to protest. So the government was not happy. Whether George Washington liked it or not, he had to stop the rebellion. If not, other protests could break out against our new nation. "Washington used force to put down the first strong challenge to the federal government's authority in order to make and enforce a law." The farmers were not happy, not at all. They were forced to accept a tax, like it or not, just like they were forced before to pay British taxes.


But even after the full rebellion was squashed, farmers still operated Stills and men still carried whiskey on pack animals across the mountains. But it became harder to find buyers; the tax was exacted in the east at points of sales. Soon, it became easier to farm a variety of crops and pay the tax if they wanted to sell whiskey.


Note: The Whiskey Rebellion was an important point in a small-town like Washington, PA. This "settler spirit" remained strong throughout its history, where men fought in militias from before the Revolutionary War. Washington, PA---referred to as "Little Washington" to distinguish it from Washington DC--led the fight to unionize bituminous coal mines across 5 states, and was later the site of one of the most notorious murders of a Union boss in the mid-1900s. Washington County PA citizens have always tried to fight for what is right, even at great costs to themselves and their families. The Whiskey Rebellion is but one example of this feisty settler attitude.


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What happened after the Whiskey Rebellion?

The rebellion started because of federalist Alexander Hamilton passed tax on whiskey which was stopped by anti-federalist Thomas Jefferson when he entered into office and this tax on whiskey was removed.

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What did the Whiskey Rebellion prove?

Whiskey Rebellion proved to Americans that their new government would act firmly in times of crisis and represented the first major test of the national government's ability to enforce its laws within the states.

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Why did the Whiskey Rebellion occur in western Pennsylvania in 1794?

The Whisky Rebellion occurred in 1791 when farmers refused to pay an excise tax that Congress had placed on all distilled spirits (whisky being by far the most popular.)

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What is the whiskey rebellion?

The Whiskey RebellionAfter the war, in precisely 1791, the people in charge found out that they were horribly in debt. So Alexander Hamilton bugged and bugged George Washington to make a tax on distilled drinks and spirits, such as whiskey. He justified it as "more as a measure of social discipline than as a source of revenue." Well, George said yes...and everyone from Pennsylvania to Georgia did NOT agree! They held protest meetings incessantly; they considered it unfair and discriminatory. After all, they had made the whiskey from their OWN grain. By 1794, tension was mounting and Washington decided to create some order. So he sent a militia of 12, 700 to fight them of (though no one was hurt.) Finally, peace was established in 1797 when the following were charged for disrupting the peace: Nicholas Kobe, Adam Bower, Abraham Cable Jr, Dr. John Kimmell, Henry Foist, Jacob Holy, Adam Holy, Michael Chintz, George Swart, and Adam Stahl of John Heminger, John Armstrong, George Weimer, George Tedrow, Abraham Miller, John Miller Jr, Benjamin Brown, and Peter Bower ; Emanuel Brallier, and George Ankeny, of Quemahoning township; Peter Augustine, James Conner, Henry Everly, Daniel McCartey, William Pinkerton, and Jonathan Woodsides of Turkeyfoot township.They had to pay fifteen shillings each.
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How did the tax lead to the whiskey rebellion?

The tax was lead to the Whiskey Rebellion because at first in the people in the West were bitter from tax. They were already angry at the federal government, which they believed did not protect settlers from Native American attacks and did not allow settlers enough opportunity for trade.

Farmers who produced small amounts of whiskey for trade argued that they could not afford the tax. They believed that they should be able to keep the money they made from a product they created themselves.

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Cause and effects of the whiskey rebellion?

Hamilton taxed imported goods to protect American manufacturers from foreign competition including the whiskey since farmers imported whiskey for a living because it was easier to travel with they got angry and tarred and feathered at the tax people.

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How was the whiskey rebellion stopped?

Washington sent in a milita to stop people

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What action did the president Washington take to end the whiskey rebellion?

President Washington set in troops to settle down the rebellion. The significance of this was that Washington showed that U.S. government, in the end, has the power to pass laws.

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Shays' Rebellion

How did this rebellion compare to Shays' Rebellion?

in the v

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How are Pinckney Treaty and the Whiskey Rebellion related?

They both involved the new government's use of the army.

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Why do you think that President Washington personally led the army against westerners in the Whiskey Rebellion?

President Washington feared that the rebels threatened the federal government's authority. He believed he needed to make people understand that the Constitution gave Congress the right to pass and enforce tax.

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