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The New American Nation

Follow the America as its struggles to find its identity, first under the Articles of Confederation and then under the Constitution. See the development of political parties and the dawn of the 19th Century.


Articles of Confederation
See the framework for the original representative government. See why it just didn't work.

Shays's Rebellion: Test for America
Why was this 1787 uprising so important? See how the federal government responded to the American people's attempts to get paid for their Revoltionary War service.

The Constitution
Find out more about the background, the details, the happenings, and the aftermath of the Constitutional Convention and the signing of the Convention. Includes links to the Federalist Papers and more.

How the American Government Was Different
Easy-to-read article puts the new American Constitution in context of other countries' governments at the time and draws parallels between the Constitution and ancient Greece and Rome.

The Whiskey Rebellion
This 1791 uprising was the first test of federal determination to keep the peace. Farmers resented what they thought was an unfair tax and made a lot of noise. President George Washington responded by calling out the militia.

President Elect: 1792
Get the facts and figures on this, the nation's second presidential election.

1796: The First Real Election
Now that George Washington had stepped aside, the real campaigns began. See John Adams vs. Thomas Jefferson up close and personal.

A Brief History of the Federalist Party
See the formation of one of the first two political parties emerge from the minds of Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and others.

The Formation of the Democratic-Republican Party
See the Democratic-Republican Party come to life from the beliefs of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and others.

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