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In 1791 at the request of the first secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton
By 1791 the U.S had incurred significant debt from the revolutionary War. Secretary Hamilton, a Federalist supported the use of excise tax to lessen this financial burden
It is also known as the Whiskey Insurrection
Farmers felt that the excise tax was an abuse of federal authority that targeted a demographic that relied on crops such as corn, rye and grains for profit
Whiskey was sometimes used to trade or as a form of currency