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As secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton was looking for ways to shore up the young nation's finances and pay off the debts incurred by the revolution. At the same time, he believed in strengthening the federal government vis-à-vis the states, which would eventually make him a leader of the Federalist party but also compel him to push for a tax on distillers of alcohol, many of whom took their excess corn and grain crops and produced liquors. Ironically, Hamilton came up with the idea of this tax to avoid more direct forms of taxation and because he didn't think it would be difficult to collect.
What Hamilton didn't consider was just how ubiquitous the production of whiskey and other liquors were on the frontier, where they were often used as a form of currency itself. In addition to being upset at this new tax, Westerners believed it was disproportionately aimed at them because Americans still residing on the East Coast weren't as reliant on the production of whiskey. With opponents holding conventions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the very state currently hosting the Washington administration at the capital of Philadelphia, the opposition was viewed by many as a direct threat to the legitimacy of the federal government itself.
Includes contemporary accounts of the meetings and events that incited the rebellion
Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
Includes a table of contents
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By Patrick on 01-10-16
It would be nice to have been provided a short outline with some of the most relevant quotes but it was a solid overview. If you're looking for something much more in depth, other books are out there.
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