Lead: The new United States need to pay off its war debt and so congress levied an excise tax on whiskey. It got a rebellion.

Intro.: Dan Roberts and A Moment in Time with Jamestown - Journey of Democracy, tracing the global advance of democratic ideals since the founding of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.

Content: Alexander Hamilton had a problem. As George Washington’s Secretary of the Treasury he was responsible for paying off the enormous debt run up by the colonies in their eight year long bid for independence. $54 million doesn’t sound by today’s standards, but in those days it was an onerous burden for the young republic.


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