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Liberty Poles, Excise Tax and Rebellion: Part Two

Ellen Hough, of Liberty Pole Spirits, recounts the story of the Whiskey Rebellion.

click to enlarge The tasting room at Mingo Creek Craft Distillers - PHOTO COURTESY OF JES STOCKHAUSEN
Photo courtesy of Jes Stockhausen
The tasting room at Mingo Creek Craft Distillers
As Americans began to move west after the Revolutionary War, Pittsburgh became a last outpost of civilization before travelers boarded boats on the Ohio River. Distillers produced whiskey to trade with the newcomers in exchange for staples. However, when the young government’s debts to the French came due, these distillers were where it looked for tax money. The result was rebellion.

Liberty Poles, Excise Tax and Rebellion: Part Two


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