Criminal Conspiracy or War?

Burrus M. Carnahan

in Act of Justice

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124636
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134871 | DOI:
Criminal Conspiracy or War?

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This chapter discusses the Whiskey Rebellion, which grew out of a 1791 Federal excise tax on the distilling of whiskey, the Nullification Crisis of 1832–1833, and other notable instances during the Civil War. It shows that the government in Washington soon found out that the problems that were raised by waging war could be dealt with more effectively by applying the law of war rather than trying to maintain the tattered fiction that their armies were just enforcing Federal law.

Keywords: Whiskey Rebellion; 1791 Federal excise tax; Nullification Crisis of 1832–1833; Civil War; law of war; problems; Federal law

Chapter.  8187 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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