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Act of JusticeLincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War$
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Burrus M. Carnahan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124636

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124636.001.0001

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Criminal Conspiracy or War?

Criminal Conspiracy or War?

(p.41) 3 Criminal Conspiracy or War?
Act of Justice

Burrus M. Carnahan

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the Whiskey Rebellion, which grew out of a 1791 Federal excise tax on the distilling of whiskey, the Nullification Crisis of 1832–1833, and other notable instances during the Civil War. It shows that the government in Washington soon found out that the problems that were raised by waging war could be dealt with more effectively by applying the law of war rather than trying to maintain the tattered fiction that their armies were just enforcing Federal law.

Keywords:   Whiskey Rebellion, 1791 Federal excise tax, Nullification Crisis of 1832–1833, Civil War, law of war, problems, Federal law

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