Political Developments in the Early Republic

  • Washington Becomes President

    Washington Becomes President
    George Washington was reluctant to become the United States' first president. He wanted to retire to private life, but the American people wanted him to lead their new country. Washington knew that it was extremely important to gain respect for the office of the president both at home and abroad.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    Frontier farmers were upset with a new tax on whiskey. They were defiant of the tax and refused to pay it, even tarring and feathering tax collectors. President Washington would not stand for this and sent the federal army in to put the rebellion down. This showed that men were willing to fight to preserve the authority of the federal government.