the Whiskey Rebellion flag of 1794. To finance the new country the Federal government imposed an excise tax on distilled spirits. Many farmers sold their products, including whiskey, for cash and resented the "income tax" on their work. Since coins and currency were scarce, whiskey also served as an important medium of exchange in the commerce of bartering. In Western Pennsylvania the farmers refused to pay the tax and attacked the collectors sent from the government. Historians believe that this flag was used in the brief protest, which ended when General Washington called out 15,000 militia men from 5 states.
June 13th, 2012
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