1790s Dbq Analysis

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In 1787, the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution to establish a new, stronger government for the United States. During George Washington’s presidency in the 1790s, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson argued over the role of the government as dictated by the Constitution. As a result, a two party system consisting of the Hamiltonian Federalists and the Jeffersonian Republicans emerged. To some extent, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson reflected the policies and beliefs of the Federalist Hamilton. In the 1790s, before their presidencies, the views of Jefferson and Madison differed from those of Hamilton. Hamilton, a Federalist, supported a strong central government that could enforce the law and uphold the Constitution. (Doc B) Before
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