First Party System Analysis

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The first party system in the united states was between the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans and this helped shape the political contest. The Federalist Party, created largely by Alexander Hamilton, rivaled by Jeffersonian Democratic-Republican Party which was formed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and is usually called at the "Republican Party.” Van Buren helped form the new Democratic Party from a coalition of Jeffersonian Republicans who backed the military hero and president Andrew Jackson. In Martin Van Buren letter to Thomas Ritchie he states, “It would greatly improve the condition of the republican party of the north and middle states by substituting party principle for personal presence as one of the leading points.”

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