A scandal that involved government agents and whiskey distillers by diverting tax.

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What was it?

This scandal that began in St. Louis and grew. It involved U.S. government agents and whiskey distillers. It was eventually exposed in 1875.

What did it do?

After the Civil War, liquor prices were very high so distillers and distributors bribed government officials in order to retain the tax proceeds.


Showed weakness of the Southern and also Western government and is a prime example of public corruption. This means that the government knew of it but was hard to expose.

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