This Day in History: The Whiskey Rebellion “wantonly threatens” America

On this day in 1794, the so-called Whiskey Rebellion reaches its high point. The rebellion ultimately failed, but George Washington would later say that it had “wantonly threatened” America during her early years. The American government was still very young, and it was looking for ways to raise revenue. One of the methods that it […]

This Day in History: New York ratifies the United States Constitution

On this day in 1788, New York ratifies the U.S. Constitution. It was the 11th state to join the Union, but the timing of that decision created some interesting dynamics for New Yorkers to consider. Remember, only nine states were needed to put the Constitution into effect. At this point in the process, then, New […]

This Day in History: The Constitutional Convention discusses presidential selection

During this month in 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention debate an important question: How should a President be elected? You’d be surprised by the great variety of crazy ideas they had. 😉 For starters, it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that we’d have only one President. We’d fought a Revolution so we could escape a […]

This Day in History: William Blount, Signer of the Constitution — impeached!

On this day in 1797, Tennessee senator William Blount is impeached by the House of Representatives. But Blount was one of the signers of the Constitution! How could matters have degenerated so badly? Presumably, it all began because Blount was obsessed with land. He had pushed for the infamous Land Grab Act of 1783 in […]