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  • (Thomas Jefferson) Why should states like Virginia pay the debts of Massachusetts?
  • (Alexander Hamilton) Because we have to pay the national debt! But if you pay the tax, we will make the capital out of land from your state.
  • The United States had a national debt of 75 million dollars; which is worth 2 billion dollars today.
  • Whiskey was like colloidal gold back then. Farmers would use their extra grain to make whiskey, which earned a lot of money.
  • (Thomas Jefferson) Fine then. How will we raise money?
  • (Hamilton) With a tariff. Tariffs are something that allow the government to make revenue off of goods. Like a sales tax.
  • The tax went into effect, and people were outraged. You could either pay a flat rate, or pay by the gallon on how much whiskey you made. This big tax could be worth as much as 6 cents a gallon, which could be up to 20%
  • An angry mob advanced on Pittsburgh, declaring independence by trying to burn it to the ground.
  • The government sent 13,000 troops to Western Pennsylvania, and the rebellion collapsed. Some people were hung for the Whiskey Rebellion, but Washington pardoned most in the rebellion.
  • (Jefferson) The putdown of the Whiskey Rebellion showed that the new Constitution government was strong!
  • (Hamilton) Hurrah! The government can function properly now! Now if you'll excuse me, I have to talk with Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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