Lead: Aroused by the imposition of an excise tax on whiskey, farmers on the frontier of Western Pennsylvania took on the fledgling national government of George Washington.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In 1791, to pay off debts run up by the colonies in their fight for independence, the U.S. government, at the urging of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, passed a tax on whiskey. This tax struck at the livelihood of frontier farmers who could not get their grain east to market and so made it into whiskey, which they used for medicine and traded for all sorts of goods. It was their money.

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