The Whiskey Rebellion
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The Whiskey Rebellion brought people together to protest the excise tax and test the Constitution.
Students will role play the famous 1795 Whiskey Rebellion trials held in Philadelphia, PA. Some students will portray the arrested farmers who failed to pay the "Whiskey Tax." Other children will act as a jury of their peers. The park ranger will portray the prosecution and present evidence. Then the defendants will defend their actions with the jury deciding their fate.
This program is offered weekdays in the spring and the fall. One class of up to 32 students may participate at one time. The program lasts about 60 minutes. Please contact the park for availability.
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