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  • During the American Revolution, individual states incurred significant debt. In 1790 Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton pushed for the federal government to take over that debt.
  • Whiskey Tax
  • The federal response to the Whiskey Rebellion was widely believed to be a critical test of federal authority, one that Washington’s fledgling government met with success.
  • Who Rebelled 
  • Collection of the tax met violent resistance, but when President Washington called out the militia, the rebellion collapsed.
  • How It Was Stopped
  • Whiskey Rebellion Revolt against the US government in w Pennsylvania
  • Where it happened 
  •  its first opportunity to establish federal authority by military means within state boundaries, as officials moved into western Pennsylvania 
  • How it Challenged the Gov.
  • Excise officers sent to collect the tax were met with defiance and threats of violence. Some producers refused to pay the tax.
  • Whiskey Tax Violence 
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