The Whiskey Rebellion: Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byThomas P. Slaughter

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When President George Washington ordered an army of 13,000 men to march west in 1794 to crush a tax rebellion among frontier farmers, he established a range of precedents that continues to define federal authority over localities today. The "Whiskey Rebellion" marked the firstlarge-scale resistance to a law of the U.S. government under the Constitution. This classic confrontation between champions of liberty and defenders of order was long considered the most significant event in the first quarter-century of the new nation. Thomas P. Slaughter recaptures thehistorical drama and significance of this violent episode in which frontier West and cosmopolitan East battled over the meaning of the American Revolution. The book not only offers the broadest and most comprehensive account of the Whiskey Rebellion ever written, taking into account the political, social and intellectual contexts of the time, but also challenges conventional understandings of the Revolutionary era.

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When President George Washington ordered an army of 13,000 men to march west in 1794 to crush a tax rebellion among frontier farmers, he established a range of precedents that continues to define federal authority over localities today. The "Whiskey Rebellion" marked the firstlarge-scale resistance to a law of the U.S. government...

Thomas P. Slaughter is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 5.39 × 8.07 × 0.59 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195051912

ISBN - 13:9780195051919

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"An important reexamintation of the meaning of the American Revolution. The text is written to engage as well as inform ensuring that students will actually learn from it."--Barbara M. Kelly, Hofstra University