The Whiskey Rebellion

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Caption:Cartoon depicting 'An Exciseman,' a political statement from the Whiskey Rebellion in the newly formed United States; threatening to 'tar and feather the rascal,' angered by an excise tax imposed on whiskey in 1791 by the federal government,…

The so-called Whiskey Rebels made use of various flags during their rebellion. The most common flags used were a simple white flag with red stripes, usually hung from a liberty pole, and a flag bearing the inscription "Equal Taxation and no Excise…

Tarring and feathering an excise officer during the Whiskey Rebellion, 1794. Engraving, 19th century.

A 19th century wood engraving depicting an illicit still in western Pennsylvania during the rebellion.
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