Whiskey Rebellion


The Rebellion

  • Angered by an excise tax imposed on whiskey in 1791 by the federal government, famers in western counties of Pennsylvania engaged in a series of attacks on excise agents.
  • Rebel farmers continued their attacks, rioting in river towns and roughing up tax collectors until the so-called "insurrection" flared into the open in july 1794 when a federal marshal was attacked in allegheny county, Pennsylvania.
  • On August 7, 1794, President Washington issued a proclamation, calling out the militia and ordering the disaffected westerners to return home.
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Constitutional convention

  • The hundred day debate known as the Constitutional Convention, was one of the most famous occurrences in United States Constitutional history.
  • What happens in the Constitutional Convention sets a course for a true Constitutional Republic.
  • Took place from May 14, to September 17, 1787
  • 70 delegates were appointed by the original states but only 55 were able to be there
  • On September 17 1787, The United States Constitution was adopted with 39 signatures before being distributed to the states for ratification.
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XYZ Affair

A diplomatic incident between the French and the United States diplomates that resulted in a limited, undeclared war know as the Quasi-war. U.S. and French negotiators restored peace with the Convention of 1800, also known as the Treaty of Mortefontaine.