The Whiskey Rebellion: Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution

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Oxford University Press, USA, Jan 14, 1988 - History - 291 pages
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When President George Washington ordered an army of 13,000 men to march west in 1794 to crush a tax rebellion among frontier farmers, he established a range of precedents that continues to define federal authority over localities today. The "Whiskey Rebellion" marked the first large-scale resistance to a law of the U.S. government under the Constitution. This classic confrontation between champions of liberty and defenders of order was long considered the most significant event in the first quarter-century of the new nation. Thomas P. Slaughter recaptures the historical drama and significance of this violent episode in which frontier West and cosmopolitan East battled over the meaning of the American Revolution. The book not only offers the broadest and most comprehensive account of the Whiskey Rebellion ever written, taking into account the political, social and intellectual contexts of the time, but also challenges conventional understandings of the Revolutionary era.
 

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Slaughter's book is the definitive treatment of the Whiskey Rebellion. The Whiskey Rebellion arose in 1794 along the frontier and especially in western Pennsylvania in reaction to a federal excise tax ... Read full review

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Slaughter restores the Whiskey Rebellion (1794) to its rightful place as a major event in our national history. He contends that it parallels the conflicts over taxation and representation of the ... Read full review

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Contents

CONTEXT
9
The Tax Man Cometh
11
The Quest for Frontier Autonomy
28
Sectional Strife
46
Lice Labor and Landscape
61
George Washington and the Western Country
75
CHRONOLOGY
91
Indians and the Excise
93
Federalism Besieged
158
CONSEQUENCE
173
Rebellion
175
Response
190
A Tale of Two Riots and a Watermelon Army
205
Conclusion
222
AFTERWORD
229
NOTES
233

Assembly and Proclamation
109
Liberty Order and the Excise
125
Alternative Perspectives
143

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Thomas P. Slaughter is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University

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