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The Whiskey Rebellion
George Washington No Party; 1789-1794
Whiskey Rebellion (1791-1794) Congress passed tax on whiskey to help pay war debit and raise money for treasury; When tax collectors attempted to collect taxes, farmers in Pennsylvania rebelled.
Opposing Side 1: Farmers/Common People Felt tax was unfair burden on farmers. They grew corn and converted it to whiskey. The tax made whiskey more expensive and fewer people were buying it.
Opposing Side 2: Federal Government Felt they needed the tax to pay off debit; they targeted a luxury. shocked at farmers defiance. Government sent militia to make them obey.
Results/Effects Government militia easily won (farmers were unorganized); Federal Government showed power, strength. Some say the use of force on the part of the government was excessive.
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