What was the Whiskey Rebellion (1791-1794)?

Introduction The Whiskey Rebellion (also known as the Whiskey Insurrection) was a violent tax protest in the United States beginning in 1791 and ending in 1794 during the presidency of George Washington (According to historian Joseph Ellis, this was “the first and only time a sitting American president led troops in the field“). The so-called… Read More

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What was Shay’s Rebellion (1786-1787)?

Introduction Shays’ Rebellion was an armed uprising in Western Massachusetts and Worcester in response to a debt crisis among the citizenry and in opposition to the state government’s increased efforts to collect taxes both on individuals and their trades. The fight took place mostly in and around Springfield during 1786 and 1787. American Revolutionary War… Read More