The Whiskey Rebellion
by William Hogeland

An uneven history of the rebellion. He focuses on a politician named Brackenridge whose views on the rebellion vacillated like the authorís. Alexander Hamilton comes out looking bad, and here and there the book has some clear paragraphs. The author was better when I saw him on CSPAN2. The book lacks a conclusion because the author canít formulate one. He misses the big picture. Hamilton sent federalized militia to western Pennsylvania not because it was the hotbed of the rebellion but because it was the only part of the west where there was anyone at all willing to try to collect whiskey taxes. In Kentucky and Tennessee they didnít tar and feather revenuers because there were no revenuers.

I was surprised to learn that Washington had a sore back and only accompanied the troops part way into Pennsylvania and then returned. I was also surprised to learn that there were no battles between federal troops and rebels.

Year Read: 2007


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