Partisanship and the Birth of America's Second Party, 1796-1800: Stop the Wheels of Government

Partisanship and the Birth of America's Second Party, 1796-1800: Stop the Wheels of Government

Partisanship and the Birth of America's Second Party, 1796-1800: Stop the Wheels of Government

Partisanship and the Birth of America's Second Party, 1796-1800: Stop the Wheels of Government

Synopsis

Between 1796 and 1800, Americans truly developed the forms of government that are recognized and continued today. This book examines the development of the two-party system, relationships between foreign and domestic affairs, and most importantly, the successes of the French Party in the light of the Quasi War, legal persecutions, and through Federalist popularity and bumbling. The leaders of the French Party were successful men committed to their vision of America's future. Even John Adams, a leading Federalist, successfully pursued his own course of action; his sacrifice stands as a remarkable example for political leaders today.

Excerpt

Two hundred years prior to the publication of this book, the Republican, or French, Party was in the midst of one of our nation's most impressive reversals of fortune. This study delves into the French Party's travails-- from faction, to the endangered species list, to masters in a new century. Students of politics will find bicentennial parallels that may spark concern and action. America's current Republican Party, not to be confused with Thomas Jefferson's Republicans, recently announced a revolution, much like Jefferson's celebrated revolution of 1800. This invited the historically minded to consider the similarities and differences. We can look at the overzealous conservatives of 1798 and wonder about the overzealous conservatives of 1998. We can marvel at the triumph of the liberal Jeffersonians of 1800 and wonder about successes to come in 2000. What are the messages for members on both sides of the aisle? Is it merely that the more things change, the more they stay the same? Regardless of the direction from which you approach this issue, there are remarkable lessons to learn from this study. America's two-party system developed in a crucible blending quasi-war, assaults on civil liberties, partisanship, a new century, and a revolution in the affairs of the world's powers.

Not only does this book examine the French Party, but it includes relevant French material that places America's domestic situation in the wider European context. First, it is impossible to study the French Party without considering the French. The success of the French Revolution became associated with the survival of the American system. If France, arguably the most powerful nation in the world, could not sustain its freedoms, then America was doomed. However, this was added to . . .

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