Democracy in distress: the violence of party politics, 1788–1800

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By the end of this session, students will be able to:

· Describe Alexander Hamilton’s financial program and the reasons for opposition

· Describe American foreign policy in 1790’s.

· Describe the origins of political parties.

· Describe the nature of party conflict in this decade.

· Explain the significance of the election in 1800

Readings:

Read Chapter 7 in American: Past and Present by Robert Divine and view the chapter 7 Power Point.

Helpful Web sites:

Alexander Hamilton 

Assignments:

A. Read Chapter 7 in American: Past and Present by Robert Divine and answer the following questions.

1. During the 1790’s, why did the revolutionary leaders become divided over the course of the new nation?

2. How did the views of Hamilton and Jefferson give birth to political parties?

3. What were the long-term effects of Hamilton’s financial plans?

4. Compare the foreign policies of Washington and Adams.

5. What would ordinary citizens have to fear with the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts?

B. Read the hyperlinked article and respond to one of the questions.

The Founding Wizard

(alexander_hamilton.pdf on attch)

-Why has Hamilton been demonized for being a “closet monarchist”?

-Why is Hamilton’s background and achievements a truer representation of democracy than say Thomas Jefferson?

-If Hamilton did not create the infrastructure for today’s economy, how might American look today?

C. Political Cartoon:

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(1804 conflict…. on the attch)

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