In July 1794, farmers in western Pennsylvania started a “whiskey rebellion.” Why?
One of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton’s first acts was to institute a tax on distilled spirits. Farmers often converted their surplus grain to profitable whiskey. They rebelled against the tax, but lost.
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