August 1, 1794 – The Whiskey Rebellion begins in western Pennsylvania.
“After the Industrial Revolution, All Things Happen at Once,” by Robert Bly
Now we enter a strange world, where the Hessian
Still goes on, and Washington has not reached the other
The Whiskey Boys
Are gathering again on the meadows of Pennsylvania
And the Republic is still sailing on the open sea.
I saw a black angel in Washington dancing
On a barge, saying, Let us now divide kennel dogs
And hunting dogs; Henry Cabot Lodge, in New York,
Talking of sugar cane in Cuba; Ford,
In Detroit, drinking mother’s milk;
Henry Cabot Lodge, saying, “Remember the Maine!”
Ford, saying, “History is bunk!”
And Wilson saying, “What is good for General Motors . . .”
Who is it, singing? Don’t you hear singing?
It is the dead of Cripple Creek;
Like turkeys are singing from the tops of trees!
And the Whiskey Boys are drunk outside Philadelphia.”