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First Treason Trials (Whiskey Rebellion): A Contradiction to the First Amendment?


   In 1795, two men were put on stand and tried for treason. The men, Philip Vigol and John Mitchell were found guilty of levying war against the government and were sentenced to death. Five years later, John Fries was convicted of the same crime against the United States government. What was happening in history that caused these men to rebel against their leaders?



Goals of this site:
To discover the facts behind...
*What caused the treason trials...
*The cases of John Mitchell, Philip Vigol, and John Fries, and...
*My Opinion of the trials as a contradiction to the First Amendment

After you have read the facts, it will be up to you to decide for yourself whether the trials were a contradiction to the First Amendment or not.