Lead: In 1795 the government of the fledgling United States of America found itself at war with farmers on the western frontier of Pennsylvania over whiskey.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: George Washington may have been the "father of his country" but in the middle of the 1790s he was none too popular in the hill counties south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The reason: a federal excise tax on whiskey. The author of the tax and what might have been an early dissolution of the Union was Washington's Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton.

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