Lead: In 1791 to pay off war debts, the Federal government passed a excise tax on whiskey. It almost restarted the Revolution.

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: The tax was imposed to pay off a huge national debt incurred when the colonies fought for independence. President Washington and Congress, at the urging of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton hoped to raise revenue with a tax on whiskey. The problem was that many frontier farmers, too far away to ship grain east and unable to store grain before it rotted, converted it to liquor. For them it was almost like cash.


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