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Be Washington™: The Whiskey Rebellion

Be Washington: The Whiskey Rebellion

This page provides resources accompanying the Be Washington: The Whiskey Rebellion Affair scenario. It contains primary and secondary sources on the Whiskey Rebellion as well as helpful teaching materials. Use these resources to aid the Be Washington gameplay, learn more about Washington's presidency, and find useful learning materials!

The Whiskey Rebellion

The Whiskey Rebellion threatened the authority of the president and the U.S. Constitution. Washington needed to control the rebels - and fast. Would he let local officials lead, or send in the militia to quell tensions?

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Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was a supporter of the Whiskey Tax, believing that the federal government must have a way to raise funds. Read more about Hamilton's life and his role in Washington's cabinet.

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Whiskey Production

Many Western Pennsylvania farmers relied on whiskey production for income. When the whiskey tax came, they felt personally affected. Read more about the process of distilling whiskey, and why Washington took an interest in it himself.

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Click to explore the advice referenced in Be Washington: The Whiskey Rebellion!

Alexander Hamilton to George Washington, August 2, 1794

Alexander Hamilton to George Washington, August 2, 1794

Thomas Mifflin to George Washington, 5 August 1794

Thomas Mifflin to George Washington, 5 August 1794

Edmund Randolph in Alexander Hamilton to George Washington, 5 August 1794

Edmund Randolph in Alexander Hamilton to George Washington, 5 August 1794

Daniel Morgan to George Washington, 24 September 1794

Daniel Morgan to George Washington, 24 September 1794

Hugh Henry Brackenridge to Tench Cox, 8 August 1794

Hugh Henry Brackenridge to Tench Cox, 8 August 1794

Proclamation of 1794

Washington issued this Proclamation of 1794 warning the rebels of the possible consequences of their actions. In it, Washington writes, "I warn all persons... not to abet aid or comfort the Insurgents aforesaid, as they will answer the contrary at their peril."

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Militia Act of 1792

This Act enables the president to "call forth the militia" in order to "command such insurgents to disperse, and retire peaceably to their respective abodes." This Militia Act was incredibly useful during the Whiskey Rebellion, as it allowed Washington to use military force to quell the rebels.

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Interactive Timeline

Looking for more information on the Whiskey Rebellion? Click to view a full timeline of the events and correspondence throughout the uprising.

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