From Library Journal
Slaughter restores the Whiskey Rebellion (1794) to its rightful place as a major event in our national history. He contends that it parallels the conflicts over taxation and representation of the Revolution. Slaughter ably reconstructs the rebellion's social, ideological, political, and personal concerns, and delineates its national and international dimensions. Most importantly, he shows that the frontier is truly central to understanding the period, and that the excise tax protest was frontier-wide, not limited to western Pennsylvania, as is so often believed. Slaughter's provocative treatment of nationalist leaders and his reliance on an "interregional interpretation" and a "liberty-order construct" are bound to stir lively discussion. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries. Roy H. Tryon, Delaware State Archives, Dover
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"A vivid account of how 7,000 rioting settlers in western Pennsylvania and beyond opposed a Federal tax on liquor."--The New York Times
"In this year when Americans will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Constitution, [this] highly readable volume should provide much food for thought."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"Slaughter restores the Whiskey Rebellion to its rightful place in our national history....Highly recommended."--Library Journal
"[Slaughter] succeeds admirably in his goal of bringing this episode in frontier history to center stage in American history."--William and Mary Quarterly
"A vivid picture of the squalor of life west of the mountains and the insensitivity of speculators, including Washington himself."--History Book Review
"Slaughter's book will be the standard for the next generation....[It] will certainly stand in the forefront as the standard complete interpretation for years to come."--West Virginia History
"An intelligent and thorough study which links the back country to broader...issues....Well-done."--M. Bellesiles, Emory University
"Insightful and well-written...excellent."--Delmer G. Ross, Loma Linda University
"An unusual combination of meticulous scholarship and engaging narrative. [Slaughter's] highly readable volume should provide much food for thought."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"An important reexamintation of the meaning of the American Revolution. The text is written to engage as well as inform ensuring that students will actually learn from it."--Barbara M. Kelly, Hofstra University