NASCAR is one of the most popular sports in the United States – and its history dates back to before cars were even invented.
The roots of NASCAR go back to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. An excise tax had been imposed on whiskey by the Federal government in 1791, which angered farmers. The tax was seven cents per gallon on whiskey. Many farmers converted their grain crop into alcohol, because grain was difficult to transport over mountains. Consequently, taxing whiskey would severely damage their livelihoods.
Ironically, the tax was imposed by the U.S. to help pay off debts incurred by the Federal government during the Revolutionary War – a war that was fought over unfair taxation by the government. 강남풀싸롱
Many areas in the western U.S. were not happy with the Federal government’s taxation. They felt that the government played little role in their lives, and now it was taking away their hard-earned money. As a result, many simply refused to pay the government agents who came along to collect their taxes. The agents were often attacked and beaten, while farmers who did pay the tax became objects of ridicule among their neighbors.
In the summer of 1794, the rebellion came to a head when a Federal marshal was attacked and a regional inspector’s home was burned. U.S. President George Washington had had enough, and wound up sending 13,000 troops led by General Harry Lee (father of Robert E. Lee) and Washington himself to quell the riot.
Many of the rebels fled before the militia could arrive. The incident helped show that the U.S. Federal government could successfully assert its power over individual states. In the end, a dozen men were arrested, though they were later pardoned. As for the excise tax that started the whole rebellion, it was repealed in 1801.
So what does all this have to do with NASCAR?
In order to overcome the tax, many farmers began secretly converting their grain into whiskey and selling it on the sly. This way, they did not have to the government that they had made whiskey, and did not have to turn in their earnings for the tax.
This created the roots of the bootlegging industry. It became a major part of many Southern states for the next century, before exploding in the 1920s and 1930s. Those were the years that the U.S. government prohibited the sale of alcohol – meaning the bootleggers were the only way to get a bottle of booze.
As a result, the bootlegging industry became more active than ever…and was also under Federal scrutiny. In order to outrun the Federal agents, bootleggers developed ultra-fast cars to outrun their vehicles. In turn, racing these vehicles became a popular sport. While Prohibition was eventually repealed, the popularity of the cars remained…and in 1938, the first official NASCAR race was held.