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The Whiskey Rebellion
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William Hogeland has published in numerous print and online periodicals, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and Slate. He lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York.

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"This is the most compelling and dramatically rendered story of the Whiskey Rebellion ever written. It is so riveting that one almost imagines being on the Pennsylvania frontier when the benighted farmers resisted the federal government and tried to cope with the huge army sent west to bludgeon them into submission. Hogeland unravels complex economic issues, shifting political ideologies, and legal maneuverings with uncommon skill, and he has brought to life in beautifully polished prose a cast of characters: insurgent farmers wearing blackface, religious mystics, radical intellectuals, stiff-necked financiers, land speculators, and -- of course -- Hamilton, Washington, and other iconic figures of the revolutionary era who heaped wrath on the hardscrabble inheritors of revolutionary radicalism. Every American who values the history of how liberty and authority have stood in dynamic tension throughout the last three centuries should read this luminous book."
-- Gary B. Nash, Professor of History and Director of the National Center for History in the Schools, UCLA
"A great read -- and an intelligent, insightful, and bold look at an overlooked but vital incident in American history."
-- Kevin Baker, author of Strivers Row
"Hogeland's judicious, spirited study offers a lucid window into a mostly forgotten episode in American history and a perceptive parable about the pursuit of political plans no matter what the cost to the nation's unity."
-- Publishers Weekly
"A vigorous, revealing look at a forgotten...chapter in American history, one that invites critical reconsideration of a founding father or two."
-- Kirkus Reviews

During his terms in office, George Washington faced the unenviable task of uniting a fractious and insolvent nation while dealing with British harassment and political infighting. His biggest crisis, however, was dealing with the protests in western Pennsylvania over the first federal tax on a domestic product-whiskey. Rebellious gangs threatened secession and even civil war. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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