Was the formation of a two-party system in America inevitable? Despite George Washington’s warnings of the drawbacks in his farewell address, America continued on its path, and the system was established anyway. The emergence of a two-party system was inevitable in the United States for many reasons. One reason for the two party systems that formed were simply common issues of the day. This included the issue of federal power versus state power, which dominated American politics during the 1700s. America was also quite polar, meaning different regions tended to have different views and opinions from the others. Political parties often appealed to specific regions. Matters of the day were very influential on the types of political parties present in America, who tended to form around issues, rather than issues being assigned to them like in present day politics. The creation and potential issues with political parties was ironically foreshadowed when George Washington, the first president of the United States, warned of them in his Farewell Address. He was unique, as he was essentially a president without a party. Yet, because of this, political parties were created. "I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations" (Washington). Washington likely mentioned the issue in his Farewell Address due to the rising heat on the issue of state power versus federal power. The first political parties in America began to form at the end of the 18th century. "The conflict that took shape in the 1790s between the Federalists and the Antifederalists exercised a profound impact on American history." The two primary influences, Thomas Jefferson a... ... middle of paper ... ...pers No. 63. Mclean, VA: IndyPublish.com, 2002. Print. "Teaching History.org, Home of the National History Education Clearinghouse." Jefferson versus Hamilton. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. . "Teaching History.org, Home of the National History Education Clearinghouse." Jefferson versus Hamilton. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. . "United States History - Hamilton vs. Jefferson." United States History - Hamilton vs. Jefferson. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. . Washington, George. Washington's Farewell Address to the People of the United States. Washington: [U.S. G.P.O.], 2004. Print. Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States: 1492-present. New York: HarperCollins, 2003. Print.
The post-revolutionary war period of the Unites States saw the establishment of the first party system and an enlarging gap in viewpoints between the wealthy and the common man. The contradictory views of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson were primarily responsible for the rise of political parties from 1783-1800.
Of the many figures in American History, Alexander Hamilton has proven himself one of the most versatile and influential. His policies and ideals have helped the United States blossom into a prosperous world power. Through his power as secretary of Treasury and his convincing intellectual efforts, he was able to dominate the nations early political environment. Hamilton’s patriotic endeavors have proven themselves to be durable and in the best interests of the United States.
...der Hamilton shaped the New World and the way in which policies were managed. Today’s United States government mirrors more the ideas of Alexander Hamilton, but it seems the majority of her people prefer the vision of Thomas Jefferson; the idealistic dream of true freedom and of the ability to shape one’s own destiny. Would it be the other way around if the current state of government was turned? For sure, if one vision had prevailed wholly over the other, the outcome would be substantial in modern society; Hamilton’s vision would have created another England and Jefferson’s – who knows?
...ns of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” George Washington believed a party system would pull apart our country and our government. His prognosis was true. The death of the Whig Party marked the beginning of an era marked by the two-party voting system in the United States, changing its course forever.
This book may be aimed towards the audience of adults, but I hope that soon teenagers will soon become interested in History. I have alway been a huge fan of American History, but I do not like to read. This book though I do want to read, because of the amazing explanations of “The Duel.” Ever since this broadway show Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda I have wanted to learn more about the life of Alexander Hamilton,. Whenever I find a book that describes Hamilton’s life I want to read it, and i'm glad I read Founding Brothers. Within this book Ellis uses many quotes from Hamilton and Burr which is personally one of my favorite parts. The quotes of Hamilton is one of my favorite parts of the book because of Hamilton's amazing skills with a paper and pen. Another element of the book I enjoyed is the still problematic conclusion of Hamilton's death. In “The Duel” there were two shots fired, one by Hamilton and one by Burr. There are two hypothesis’ shared in the book on who shot first. This is important to me because the author was not biased and did not only include one option, I feel like in doing this they gave the reader a choice of which conclusion they want. Joseph J. Ellis did not only stay unbiased he also included some fun and interesting little tidbits throughout the story. When I say this I mean when he described the connection between the weapons used in “The Duel.”
Hamilton’s visions and ideals has undoubtedly shaped America to become a strong and successful country. His efforts while serving in the military, his influence on the people to ensure the ratification of the Constitution, and the national bank he created
Banneker, Benjamin. Letter to Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Howard Zinn, and Anthony Arnove. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press, 2009.
Thomas Jefferson was a tall statesman that held the respect of both Madison and Hamilton as he was associated with many great constitutional reforms of the 1790s. In addition, Jefferson played a vital role in the Declaration of Independence in June 1777. He was known to keep his personal views of things to himself as he hates conflict, which is also an explanation as to why he hosted a dinner for Madison and Hamilton. Even though Madison and Jefferson had a connection, he had to agree with Hamilton that debts needed to be paid to keep a good reputation with foreigners. In Conclusion. Hamilton is the reckless one that comes up with ideas, Madison is the practical type that see's the effects of the idea, and Jefferson is the more logical type
The story of the duel between Hamilton and Burr is one of the most famous stories within American textbook, yet very little explanation has been made as to the cause or the effect of the event. What leads up to this very duel is the result of Hamilton public attack on Burr; however, unlike other which was political, this one is personal. It is very important to understand the role of Hamilton “flamboyant [political] style” and Burr’s “lack of political principle”, something Hamilton would see as a very flaw of his character. (Ellis 40)
The point is that Hamilton wanted to pay off the debts, a government that would build a great economy and that was strong enough to protect the people from outsiders. Jefferson was the opposite
“I have already intimated to you the danger of parties… and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of [political parties]” (George Washington, Farewell Address). The American government is corrupt. The use of political parties is the downfall of the country. Political Parties have been present in American politics since the country was first formed. In fact, one of the two major parties in America, the Democratic Party, is the oldest party to still exist in the world. Aside from the Democratic Party, the second biggest party in America is the Republican Party. These two parties have rivaled against one another since the beginnings of America. Each was originally formed based on the arguments and beliefs of the Federalists