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Whiskey Rebellion
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  • Authored by: Jill Kauffman
  • From the Series: Issues & Controversies in American History: Revolts and Uprisings
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  • ISBN-10: 1438169957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4381-6995-8
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  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 07/01/2016
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  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up

Summary

In 1791, Congress passed a tax on distilled spirits, which included whiskey. Farmers in western Pennsylvania who relied on whiskey for much of their income protested, and some of the protests turned violent. Congress then passed the Militia Act, authorizing the president to summon troops if a state's judicial system proved unable to resolve a crisis. Arguing that this was the case in Pennsylvania, President George Washington called out the militia to put down the "Whiskey Rebellion" in 1794. Was the crackdown necessary to ensure the security of the nation? Or was it an overreaction that violated the rights of the protesters?

This eBook examines the Whiskey Rebellion and delves into the pro and con arguments that surrounded it. It includes a timeline, primary sources, a bibliography, and a "Learn More About" chapter with more information on the topic.

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