Lectures & Learning

"Happy Hour on the Frontier: The Whiskey Rebellion and Federal Power"

When: Wed., Aug. 12, 7-8 p.m. 2015

The Whiskey Rebellion mostly involved rural farmers in Pennsylvania — home of the U.S. capital at the time — who made booze from excess corn that the U.S. government wanted to tax to pay for the Revolution. Among other economic factors, the farmers objected to the way the tax was structured, which let larger distilleries, mostly farther east, pay less. It wasn't so different from current protests over inequality, except these thousands were armed and talking of secession, and were chased away by a four-state militia of 13,000 — a militia, by the way, that itself saw draft riots and was led by Revolutionary War hero "Light-Horse Harry" Lee, father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Hear more at 6:30 tonight at "Happy Hour on the Frontier: The Whiskey Rebellion and Federal Power," a free lecture by Dr. Jeanne Heidler, historian at the U.S. Air Force Academy, at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Drive, ppld.org). — Bryce Crawford

Price: Free

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