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#AmericanTrivia In July 1794, farmers in western Pennsylvania started a “whiskey rebellion.” Why?

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.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

#AmericanTrivia What was the main problem that the first Secretary of the Treasury had to solve?

What was the main problem that the first Secretary of the Treasury had to solve?

Alexander Hamilton had to deal with debt owed to the French and the Dutch (approximately $12 million) and domestic debt of more than $44 million resulting from the war.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

#AmericanTrivia What was the first executive department created in the government and who headed it?

What was the first executive department created in the government and who headed it?

Thomas Jefferson was appointed to be the first head of the Department of State. He was responsible for American foreign affairs.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

#AmericanTrivia The first US Congress convened without a quorum. Most of the members were still on route to New York. How many were in attendance?

The first US Congress convened without a quorum. Most of the members were still on route to New York. How many were in attendance?

Eight of 22 Senators and 13 of 59 Representatives attended on March 4, 1789. By April, the House and the Senate settled down to business with a quorum.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

#AmericanTrivia Who wrote the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the US Constitution?

Who wrote the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the US Constitution?

James Madison, when a member of the House of Representatives, wrote the Bill of Rights in 1789. He modeled it on the Virginia Bill of Rights drafted by George Mason and adopted by Virginia in 1776.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

#AmericanTrivia How many amendments does the US Constitution have?

How many amendments does the US Constitution have?

Our constitution, the oldest written constitution in use in the world, has 27 amendments. Ten of those amendments, the Bill of Rights, were proposed by Congress in 1789 and ratified by the states by 1791.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

#AmericanTrivia Why did patriot Patrick Henry oppose the adoption of the US Constitution in 1788?

Why did patriot Patrick Henry oppose the adoption of the US Constitution in 1788?

Henry, who had been a delegate to the Continental Congress and a supporter of George Washington during the war, felt the Constitution did not do enough to guarantee the rights of states and individuals.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

#AmericanTrivia How many states had to ratify the Constitution for it to become the law of the land, and how long did that process take?

How many states had to ratify the Constitution for it to become the law of the land, and how long did that process take?

Delaware, on December 7, 1787, became the first state to ratify the Constitution. New Hampshire, the ninth and last required, ratified on June 21, 1788. In 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th state to ratify.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

#AmericanTrivia The framers of the Constitution wanted to limit the power of government and secure the liberty of citizens. How did they do this?

The framers of the Constitution wanted to limit the power of government and secure the liberty of citizens. How did they do this?

They created a balance of powers between the executive, the legislative, and the judicial parts of the government. These three divisions create checks and balances between the three functions.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

#AmericanTrivia How did the framers of the Constitution solve the problem of the balance of power between the small states and the large states?

How did the framers of the Constitution solve the problem of the balance of power between the small states and the large states?

They created a bicameral (two-house) legislature. In the House of Representatives, members provide representation for equal numbers of citizens. Senators (two per state) provide equal representation for the states.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.