During the Revolutionary period in the early eighteen hundreds, two dominant political parties; the Jeffersonian Republicans and the Federalists, were at odds in terms of political ideas on how to run the country, and how to treat the Constitution. Jeffersonian Republicans believed in strong state governments, a weak central government, and a stringent understanding of the Constitution unlike the Federalist. The Federalist favored a powerful central government, weak state governments and had a broad elucidation of the Constitution. Though such characteristics of both political parties were accurate, it only went to a certain extent. The solid divide between the Jeffersonian Republicans and the Federalist began to blur during the presidencies of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Both parties occasionally strayed from their core beliefs, for neither parties were able to lead the nation with purely republican/federalist ideals.
This split between two people’s opinion led the development of sides, the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans, or just simply the Republicans. Alexander Hamilton led the former, while Jefferson headed the latter. The two soon had their own ideas about how to solve the problems the nation faced. The Republicans believed that political power should go to the people. ...
The Republicans and Federalists views differed drastically, so much so that the president George Washington had accusations of favoring Alexander Hamilton and The Federalists, as his accuser was clearly Thomas Jefferson. In fact, Republicans were the minority among Federalists, however, they were strong-willed in their beliefs. Thomas Jefferson coined life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that is what he and the Republicans hoped for from the government. In conclusion, Jefferson and The Republicans finally achieved harmony when Jefferson became vice president in 1796, and admirably in 1801 citizens elected Jefferson as president, in which he served until 1809. Jefferson and the Republicans fought long and hard for the government rule to be limited, which in “The Declaration of Independence” Jefferson writes about unalienable rights, although the government was not directly controlling the citizens anymore, they made laws and continue today to make laws that secretly ensure that the citizens are obeying official
The First Party System consisted of Federalists versus Republican-Democrats (Republicans) from 1789 to 1816. This system can be considered to have developed as a result of the factions in the George Washington administration. The two factions were Alexander Hamilton and John Adams with Federalists and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison with the Republican Party. The Federalists argued for a strong national government, to push for aggressive economic development with a greater emphasis on farmers and states’ rights. They preferred to practice loose constructionism (loose interpretations of the Constitution) to argue that government power should be used to promote economic development through the creation of a national bank, federally financed roads, harbors, and bridges. Federalists believed that America’s economic future depended on the cultivation of strong commercial ties with Great Britain. The Republicans on the other hand wanted a small and weak national government to leave the citizens mostly free of taxation and government interference. Unlike the Federalists, the Republicans supported a philosophy of strict constructionism (strict interpretation of the Constitution) in order to avoid the economy benefitting only a few wealthy northeasterners. They also believed that agriculture, instead of manufacturing, should remain the country’s economic base and so they opposed closer relationships with Great B...
Since the administration of George Washington two political parties have dominated the United States political system, but they have not always been the same two parties. The first two parties were the Federalists and Anti-Federalists. Federalists were those who supported a strong federal government and the Anti-Federalists were those who did not. The leaders of the Federalists were Alexander Hamilton and John Adams. Both were from the Northeast where the Federalist line of thinking was strongest. Thomas Jefferson became the leader of the Anti-Federalists. These two groups really did not considered themselves parties. The founders feared parties because they thought of them as factions. They were self centered and driven by ambition to forward their own self-interests.
Jefferson in the beginning of his presidency was a man with Democratic-Republican blood running through his veins. He lived only by the Constitution’s words, giving the states the power and having no debt or unreasonable excises, but as his presidency went on his philosophies merged with those of Federalists, and he had to do what he thought was best for his country. He did things he desperately needed to, accepting unconstitutional purchases of land, placing injustice acts upon his citizens, and enlarging the navy. If he had stuck to his Democratic-Republican ideas and not taken necessary actions, America would not have ever come as far along as it did during Jefferson’s presidency.
The Constitution itself did not mention political parties, and it was assumed that none was going to arise. But this was soon proven wrong when the debates between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists in 1787 and 1788 stir into a two party system. This soon led to a permanent feature in American policies. In early times, groups of people formed temporary assembly and voted together either for or against a specific policy. When the policy was settled, the assemblies would dissolve. The Federalists and Anti-Federalist was sort of like these assemblies, but they didn’t dissolve that easily.
A conflict between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson took a shape of the United States in the nineteenth century. The Federalists, led by Hamilton, advocated a strong central government could lead the country forward. Their opposition was the Democratic Republicans, led by Jefferson, trusted the common man could make decision for the country and emphasized the importance of decreasing power of the central government and increasing state’s right. Both political parties had good intentions for the future of the United States and had a strong influence on the history, but the Federalist Party was more effective in many ways.
In 1796, the first two political parties of the United State were formed, the Federalist and the Republican. Political party is a group of people who have the same idea on how the government should run and usually try to put their own member on the government official seat, and take out other member of the opposite party. The Federalist Party was formed by Washington’s treasurer Alexander Hamilton; the party believes in a strong government, support Hamilton’s idea of national bank and want to keep a friendly relationship with Great Britain. The Republican was formed by Washington’s secretary of state Thomas Jefferson, the Republican Party against almost everything that the Federalist party propose and fear that the government would become a tyrant; the Republican unlike the Federalist support the French revolution and like it spirit of revolution. The two political parties didn’t like each other, they usually against each other proposal and try to take out the members of each other. They fought against each other during the French revolution and the Louisiana Purchase; the two Parties for the first time put aside their different idea and support each other during the XYZ affair.
The two major political parties today can be traced back to the founding of the United States Constitution. At the time the document was drafted, two factions emerged: the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. The Federalists consisted mostly of bankers and merchants. The Anti-Federalists, also known as the Democratic Republicans or Jeffersonian Republicans, consisted mostly of farmers and planters. When the Democratic Republicans broke up, the majority of its ...