New American Nation
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.
See the framework for the original representative
government. See why it just didn't work.
Rebellion: Test for
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.
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.
the American Government Was
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
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.
Get the facts and figures on this, the nation's second
The First Real
Now that George Washington had stepped aside, the real
campaigns began. See John Adams vs. Thomas Jefferson up
close and personal.
Brief History of the Federalist
See the formation of one of the first two political parties
emerge from the minds of Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and
Formation of the Democratic-Republican
See the Democratic-Republican Party come to life from the
beliefs of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and
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