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Unformatted text preview: The Formation of a National Government Leaders crafted constitutional, legal basis for young nation HAMILTON VS. JEFFERSON A conflict took shape in the 1790s between Americas first political parties. Indeed, the Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, and the Republicans (also called Democratic- Republicans), led by Thomas Jefferson, were the first political parties in the Western world. Unlike loose political groupings in the British House of Commons or in the American colonies before the Revolution, both had reasonably consistent and principled platforms, relatively stable popular followings, and continuing organizations. The Federalists in the main represented the interests of trade and manufacturing, which they saw as forces of progress in the world. They believed these could be advanced only by a strong central government capable of establishing sound public credit and a...
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