Constitutional and Federal Era
By: Banner Griffin
A whiskey tax was imposed by the new federal government it was one of Alexander Hamiltons ideas to decrease war debt. Farmers who used their left over corn and wheat to make whiskey were outraged. This caused a rebellion lasting 3 years. Fed up with the rebellion president George Washington led 13,000 men to Pennslyvania. The rebels were far outnumbered and then the rebellion was over.
France has just had a revolution. They are fighting against Britain again. The US wants to speak with France but they decline to speak unless they get paid a large sum of money. President John Adams says no so an unofficial war occurs between The United States and France. After two years of the navy's fighting each other a treaty is reached.