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Unformatted text preview: Whiskey Rebellion • 1794 – Whiskey Rebellion o One of the immediate results of the revolution was rebellion in the states because • Western PA farmers protest Hamilton’s excise on spirits (cut the demand by 50% of corn whiskey) • Assailed tax collectors; waved banners (“Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”) o Angry at this loss of profit; feel that the federal government has overstepped its bounds o Smallish rebellion but significant one so much so that Washington had to raise up… • 12,000 troops to disperse rebels • Election of 1796; Federalists won • John Adams (pres.); win Congress – turns his diplomatic eye towards Europe; turns to the British in response to all the happenings in France; Britain was safer bet (in terms of trade partner) economically and politically o Pro-British policy o Fr. Seize American shipping as a result of trade with Britain; part of a later system Napoleon later called the “Continental System,” an attempt to break Britain’s trade; later led to an event called…...
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