Feb 19, 2020
The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty
Posted by William Hogeland

A gripping and provocative tale of violence, alcohol, and taxes, The Whiskey Rebellion pits President George Washington and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton against angry, armed settlers across the Appalachians Unearthing a pungent segment of early American history long ignored by historians, William Hogeland brings to startling life the rebellion that decisivA gripping and provocative tale of violence, alcohol, and taxes, The Whiskey Rebellion pits President George Washington and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton against angry, armed settlers across the Appalachians Unearthing a pungent segment of early American history long ignored by historians, William Hogeland brings to startling life the rebellion that decisively contributed to the establishment of federal authority.In 1791, at the frontier headwaters of the Ohio River, gangs with blackened faces began to attack federal officials, beating and torturing the collectors who plagued them with the first federal tax ever laid on an American product whiskey In only a few years, those attacks snowballed into an organized regional movement dedicated to resisting the fledgling government s power and threatening secession, even civil war.With an unsparing look at both Hamilton and Washington and at lesser known, equally determined frontier leaders such as Herman Husband and Hugh Henry Brackenridge journalist and popular historian William Hogeland offers an insightful, fast paced account of the remarkable characters who perpetrated this forgotten revolution, and those who suppressed it To Hamilton, the whiskey tax was key to industrial growth and could not be permitted to fail To hard bitten people in what was then the wild West, the tax paralyzed their economies while swelling the coffers of greedy creditors and industrialists To President Washington, the settlers resistance catalyzed the first ever deployment of a huge federal army, led by the president himself, a military strike to suppress citizens who threatened American sovereignty.Daring, finely crafted, by turns funny and darkly poignant, The Whiskey Rebellion promises a surprising trip for readers unfamiliar with this primal national drama whose climax is not the issue of mere taxation but the very meaning and purpose of the American Revolution.With three original maps by Jack Ryan.

  • Title: The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty
  • Author: William Hogeland
  • ISBN: 9780743254908
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Whiskey Rebellion George Washington Alexander Hamilton and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America s Newfound Sovereignty A gripping and provocative tale of violence alcohol and taxes The Whiskey Rebellion pits President George Washington and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton against angry armed settlers a

    Todd N

    This is the second book by Mr Hogeland that I ve read this year, and I really enjoyed both of them He does a great job shining a flashlight on that relatively ignored period of history between the Constitutional Convention and The War of 1812.The years between the Founders standing around a table looking all founder y and the Bombs bursting in air is very interesting to me because it was a very pragmatic period in American history It was time to stop speechifying and start getting their hands di [...]


    Theo Logos

    The Whiskey Rebellion, which came to a head in 1794 on the frontier of Western Pennsylvania, provides a great microcosm for viewing the early American republic It encapsulates the stories of the nation s transformation into a centralized, commercial power, along with the expansion of the nation westward, which often presented challenges to that centralized power It shows the demise of the radical populism of the Revolution and the rise of the conservative power of the creditor class Alexander Ha [...]


    Thomas Cavano

    American History under the microscope Industrialist Hamilton levers happy farmers out of their utopia and into the factories.Under the nose of the Father of our Country, Alexander Hamilton manages eighteenth century social engineering to drive small time entrepeneurs out of the spirits marketplace and drive subsistence level farmers into the urban labor markets The farmers, recent victors over British tyranny, revolt again The aging Washington dusts off his uniform and attacks his people This is [...]


    Vince Ciaramella

    I just finished re reading this book for the third time I really do like this book and each time I finish it What gets me is that this event is pretty much non existent outside of Western PA but it was such an important part of our nations early history.For starters Western PA was talking about breaking away 90 years before SC actually did it at the beginning of the Civil War This was the nations first challenge to the Constitution and unity Second, the Whiskey Tax showcased Hamilton s far rea [...]


    Anno Nomius

    interesting book Gives you a glimpse of why the whiskey tax was levied to pay for the American war of independence and what a big mistake it was to do that In general history has not been kind to anyone trying to take away a man or a woman s drink The prohibition in the 20s which though had a different foundation, based on morality did not last too long The book also gives a glimpse of many interesting characters and I found Herman Husband the most intriguing Good book Read it.


    Lis Carey

    This is a detailed look at an often overlooked episode in the early history of the American republic, the Whiskey Rebellion.We now take for granted the success of the new United States of America after the American War for Independence, but it was far from a foregone conclusion Under the initial Articles of Confederation, adopted in 1781 when formal ratification by all thirteen original states was completed The Articles contained a fatal flaw the Congress had no power to tax and could only reque [...]


    Jerome

    A colorful and judicious history of the Whiskey Rebellion I had learned of the rebellion in school, and the role played by Hamilton and Washington, but I had never returned to the subject until now The only thing I ever considered the rebellion to be was a bunch of farmers trying to keep the federal government from taxing their corn mash, but as Hogeland shows, the situation was somewhat complicated and involved a lot issues than simple taxation Washington led the troops that suppressed the reb [...]


    Edward Waverley

    Hogeland commented on a blog about the Whiskey Rebellion, and I copy pasted his words here A correction regarding the 1790 s whiskey tax Hamilton s excise was earmarked for funding the war debt not paying it off The distinction is crucial Hamilton was indeed a father of big national government and big business, and their connections and therefore wanted to create a flush investing class, with close ties to federal government and the military establishment, whose investments in national debt woul [...]


    Kevin

    Update 1 2017 This book is a great antidote to the Hamilton mania still going strong A key player in the events described, Alexander Hamilton is shown here as an unabashed elitist who intentionally engineered the conflict as a means of crushing rural populism It became clear to me after reading this that he really deserves to be seen as one of the great villains of American history.Great book about a frequently overlooked part of US history It could ve used a stronger conclusion to look at the m [...]


    Mark Singer

    This is a well written and timely history of the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 President Washington led an army of over 13,000 men to suppress the revolt At that time this was the largest single concentration of American armed forces Hogeland does an excellent job at explaining the background to the revolt, and how it began with the raising of excise taxes in 1790 and 1791 by Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton He is very sympathetic to the demands of the frontier rebels, and makes no secret of [...]


    Laurel Starkey

    The Whiskey Rebellion explores in detail a question still relevant today how should power be distributed in the United States In the earliest days of the US it was far from clear how the country would be ruled This book examines how early power struggles amongst the different population groups were used by the Federalists principally Alexander Hamilton to solidify and concentrate the power of the Federal government With quick moving prose and well researched detail, this is a book for both the c [...]


    Debra

    Money and politics.Does it ever change Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton maneuvered to get an excise tax put on whiskey In so doing the east and the west part of the new US s interests were pitted against each other As were the interests of the investor class against the producing class.Hogeland makes the issues clear, and the outcome inevitable Simon Vance, one of my favorite narrators, did the audiobook narration.


    Narr

    Hamilton was not a nice man, Washington was not always in the lead, and quoting our Revolutionary Founders in protest is nothing new Of interest to some might be the use of the military to enforce federal laws, the corruption and greed of early American financiers, and the use of local terrorism to protect Constitutional rights.


    Nick Guzan

    This surprisingly engaging read illustrates the Whiskey Rebellion as a monumental and defining moment in American history.William Hogeland s book shines a light on the importance of the then frontier region of western Pennsylvania in the early years of the United States, showcasing Pittsburgh s critical role as lynchpin in the early success and survival of the nation Once Hogeland dispenses with the necessary but at times dry exposition, the book reads like compelling fiction laced with dark hum [...]


    Julie Mickens

    Lots of interesting info including good stuff unearthed from at least three unpublished doctoral theses but at times the storytelling and contextualization faltered As is easy to do in Penn s Woods, I sometimes felt as if I were not seeing the forest for the trees But at other moments, the material was compelling indeed If I were the editor, I would ve 1 reorganized some of the material in particular, the chapter on early American money and finance is very important yet seems cut off from i.e no [...]


    Jason Baldinger

    Solid and readable retelling of the events surrounding The Whiskey Rebellion, which equates to the closet America ever came to French Revolution.


    Joe Koennecke

    This is a neat look at an often overlooked event in early history I remember the 50 word section in my high school yearbook and a couple of the key vocabulary words associated with this event The actual event was far important in our early history than most people recognize The book provides some less than popular opinions of founding fathers, highlights the financial strategy which set ground work for our entire history, and demonstrates early state federal issues and opinions Great read for a [...]


    Bob

    This is an interesting story of an event, now largely forgotten, from shortly after ratification of the Constitution Rebels living out west West meaning near the small city of Pittsburgh at this time took up arms to protest the nation s first direct internal tax This being an excise tax on whiskey George Washington gathered an army of over 10,000 men and, with Secretary of the Treasury Acting Secretary of War Alexander Hamilton, marched to subdue the rebellion The rebel movement collapsed with n [...]


    Eric

    Upon completing this relatively slight volume, one is no longer surprised at the strain of power that runs through the revenue collectors of the federal government ending up in the likes of a Lois Lerner or John Koskinnen And for the most part they could trace their roots all the way back to George Washington and Alexander Hamilton The structure of the whiskey tax seemed to favor the large distillers at the expense of the little guy little surprise there other than a realization that crony capit [...]


    Jo Stafford

    The infant United States was far from a cohesive national entity, as Hogeland amply demonstrates in his vivid, page turning history of this little known episode His depiction of Alexander Hamilton s role in suppressing the Whiskey Rebellion confirmed my view that it was a good thing that Hamilton, with his well known disdain for the people s democratic impulses, was not eligible to run for the presidency The Whiskey Rebellion was a joy to read well organized, occasionally humorous, and gripping [...]


    Jocelyn Green

    Engaging narrative about a little known slice of American history.


    Kaitron

    Of course I wish there was about Western PA, but overall, I learned quite a bit, These isn t a lot written on this subject, though I there were times that some of the sentences describing the conditions surrounding the Whisky Rebellion could have been take verbatim from current news broadcasts.


    Tom

    good book, also see The Whiskey Rebellion Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution by Thomas P Slaughter


    James

    Try this instead of Hillbilly Elegy for a deeper historical perspective on rural vs coast distrust.Long buried on my bookshelf, I didn t expect to fully read this one But I m glad and I did and recommend others do, too It s not that I didn t know the story of the Whiskey Rebellion, it s that as an American history nerd I knew too much of the basic story as it is often referenced in biographies and podcasts about the early days of the Republic But those are usually told solely from the perspectiv [...]


    Mason Newark

    One of the first rebellions in the United States, the whiskey rebellion is often cited in early American history classes However, the rebellion itself was woefully anticlimactic When we think rebellions, we think bloody conflicts, massive casualties, and government crackdowns While there were casualties 2 civilians were accidentally killed by US troops , the rebellion was not as thrilling as one would expect Most of the tax protesters were mere laborers who tarred and feathered tax collectors an [...]


    R.f. Livolsi

    Excellent insight into what makes America tickAnyone interested in the founding of the United States should find this book fascinating Thoroughly researched, well written and with deep insight into relatable people and the early years of the Republic, this work takes what history books typically dismiss as a minor uprising and explains how it might instead easily have become the undoing of the new United States and George Washington himself Surprising elements include a self appointed militia bu [...]


    Christopher Saunders

    a short, controversial chronicle of the ill fated tax revolt in Western PA during the Washington Administration Hogeland s main contention here is that the Pennsylvanians were perfectly justified in revolting against the tax, connecting their activism to that of the Revolution And also, that George Washington and especially Alexander Hamilton were authoritarian monsters for suppressing it There s some merit to this argument, but it s also possible to overstate the case Hogeland doesn t really co [...]


    John Hively

    This is a really good read, though at times it seems there might be a bit too many characters And the part about Herman Husband and his religious beliefs and how he believed this and that wasn t inserted much into the story of the rebellion Still, this is a really good history for a little known piece of US history and is worth buying.


    George Stenger

    A decent read about our Nation s first Civil War, set in the wilderness of Western Pennsylvania Rich in detail about the hardscrabble life of whiskey moonshiners who sought to evade the onerous tax on spirits at the advent of the United States, because of our country s Revolutionary War debt.


    Lisa

    This is an interesting short history of the Whiskey Rebellion and the early days of the United States A short read that covered the basics, but doesn t delve into great detail The book is good for a basic read, but doesn t offer much in the way of extensive coverage.



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