Whiskey Rebellion Research Paper

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Whiskey Rebellion The Whiskey Rebellion or as it is sometimes referred to the “so-called” Whiskey Rebellion took place from 1790 to 1794 in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War. George Washington held the office of the President and the nation was in its birthing stages of self-awareness. The boundaries between state and federal legislatures jurisdiction were still being weighed and measured as to their relative effectiveness as well as the finalization of the constitution. It was the real beginning of the system of checks and balances of government that lead to the systems that exists in the United States today. The fundamental argument the Whiskey Rebellion came from was where the voice of the people, in mass, ended with the new…show more content…
Sometimes violently, as the rural farmers would sometimes tar and feather excite tax collectors. This was met with President Washington releasing a proclamation condemning any such acts as illegal. Gathering in mass to discuss and protest the excise tax was considered to be an action against the federal government. This was met with more opposition that then turned violent by 1794. Washington in turn responded with mobilizing the militia to end the violence. In the end no major violent conflict took place and the federal government failed to collect the excise taxes until the time that they were stuck down during the Thomas Jefferson Presidential administration. Benjamin Franklin Bache, (1769-1798) a journalist and the grand son of Benjamin Franklin and one of the leaders to the opposition of the tax, published an article in the General Advertiser in August of 1794. In his article “The Late Unfortunate Disturbances” Bache outlines that he thinks Federalists were using the Whiskey Rebellion to enact some kind of make shift aristocracy on in which money was the new authority in place of royal lineage. (Humphrey,
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