Polsci Notes 040108 (after second test)

Polsci Notes 040108 (after second test) - Polsci In-class...

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Polsci In-class Notes April 1, 2008 Origins of Political Parties Divisions in Washington’s Cabinet - 2 different visions of America 1. “Federalists” Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton - stronger national power 2. “Democratic-Republicans” 3. Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson - “Agrarian democracy” States rights, small farmers - political parties didn’t have much role in electing a president originally, but over time this idea changed - parties developed rather quickly, even during Washington’s presidency and the source of the party system is the two different views in America…from the two most prominent members of Washington’s cabinet (Hamilton and Jefferson) - Hamilton and Jefferson are the fathers of the party systems - Hamilton was a nationalist, wanted to see a strong federal gov’t, concerned about development of manufacturing industry, wanted national infrastructure, the people who agreed with this began to call themselves Federalists - Jefferson didn’t want a strong national government, but rather a strong state
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