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Following the American Revolution (1775-1781), Americans turned to whiskey as their spirit of choice simply because it was readily available. Whiskey would shape the identity of the early republic after the Whiskey Rebellion (1791-1794) and set the precedent for frontier insurrection and the authority of the federal government. Whiskey became a crucial contributor to the budding economy of early America and the establishment of distilleries and the ease of distribution of the drink opened up the development of the West. Whiskey became so prolific in the first few decades of the United States that even today, it remains a significant piece of the American identity.


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  • Alternative title
    • Whiskey in Early America

  • Journal title
    • International Social Science Review

  • Volume
    • 94

  • Issue
    • 1

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      Grace Bellino is a graduate student working on her Master's in library and information sciences at the Catholic University of America. She wrote this paper while completing her B.A. at Elmhurst College. This paper was presented at the Pi Gamma Mu Triennial International Convention in Kansas City in 2017.