APUSH 5 Essay

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APUSH 5 Essay

With the increase in the federal power, many people didn’t like what was going on. This eventually brought up many conflictions within the United States. Such as the Whiskey Rebellion, The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, The Hartford Convention, and the Nullification Crisis. These problems helped come to about the end of the Federalist Government in expel of the democratic Republican Government, concerned with the consumes of all of its citizens. The Whiskey Rebellion was a tax protest in the United States beginning in 1791. Farmers who used their leftover grain and corn in the form of whiskey as a medium of exchange were forced to pay a new tax. The tax was a part of Alexander Hamilton's program to increase central government power, to fund his policy of assuming the war debt of those states that had failed to pay. The farmers who resisted, many war veterans, purposed that they were fighting with the principles of the American Revolution, their motive was, against taxation without local representation, while the Federal government maintained the taxes were the legal expression of the taxation powers of Congress. Throughout counties in Pennsylvania, protesters used violence and intimidation to stop federal officials from collecting the tax. Resistance came to an all time high in July 1794, when a U.S. marshal arrived in Pennsylvania to hand out ‘tickets’ to distillers who had not paid the tax. The alarm was raised, and about 500 men attacked the fortified home of the tax inspector General. Washington responded by sending peace commissioners to Pennsylvania to negotiate with the rebels, while at the same time requesting governors to send militia force to enforce the tax. With 13,000 militia provided by the governors of Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Washington in the very front of the army who’s job is t try to suppress the rebellion. The rebels all went home before the arrival of the army, and there was no confrontation. About 20 men were arrested. The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions were drafted in 1798 and 1799, in which the Kentucky and Virginia legislatures discussed how the federal Alien and Sedition Acts were unconstitutional. The resolutions made a point that the states had the right and the duty to declare unconstitutional acts of Congress that were not permitted by the Constitution. With that being done, they argued for states' rights and strict interpretation Constitution.
The resolutions opposed the federal Alien and Sedition Acts, which extended the powers of the federal government. They discussed that the Constitution was an agreement among the states. Therefore, the federal government had no right to exercise powers not given to it. If the federal government assumed such powers, its acts could be declared unconstitutional by the states. So, states could…