Posted by: unclesamshistory | August 6, 2011

Whiskey Rebellion

This is my first time at attempting to do a blog, so
please give me your criticisms and advice. I love early American history and
finding nuggets of the past buried in long forgotten letters, newspaper
accounts or historical journals then weaving them onto stories to bring history
alive. Let’s talk about the Whiskey Rebellion also known as the Whiskey Insurrection
of Pennsylvania.

In the late 1700s this fledgling country was seething
with discontent. Tories, who favored the English Rule, were unhappy with the
outcome of the war. The western counties of Pennsylvania were still being
ravaged by hostile Indians. Money was a scarce commodity in the West and whiskey
served as a bartering agent for what little goods were available. The
government needed money to pay the war debt and new taxes had to be imposed.
The fact that these poor frontiersmen had none didn’t seem to enter into the
picture. The western counties had become famous for their stills, almost ever
farm had one, and the Monongahela Rye produced there was one of the few
products they had to trade with.

Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton,
devised a whiskey tax and was pressing the farmers to pay it. Discontent raged.
Opportunists who had been advocating a separate country were delighted at the opportunity
to engage in a rebellion. Talk of dividing the western part of Pennsylvania by
the mountain range and forming a new government brought swift action from Philadelphia.
David Bradford, a leader of the insurrection, could see himself as the new
president of this country.

The question still lingers, was the insurrection strictly
against the whiskey tax or did the leaders have a more sinister motive? In my research
for Frontier Preacher it made me think there was more to this uprising than
history books have told us.

Until next time

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  1. Don’t forget to delete the wordpress post just below this one. 🙂 Looking forward to future posts.


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