College of William and Mary - ∙ The College of William and Mary, founded in 1693 at Williamsburg, Virginia, is the second oldest institution of higher learning in America. Constitution - ∙ The Constitution is the basis of the American system of government, outlining the demarcation between federal and state power, and enumerating the several powers of the legislative, executive and judiciary branches. Further, a Bill of Rights and several successive amendments have served to refine the direction of government. Upon being ratified in 1788, the Constitution replaced a more weakly organized system of government as outlined under the Articles of Confederation. Democratic-Republican Party - ∙ The Democratic-Republican Party, organized under Thomas Jefferson during the 1790s, initially stood in opposition to the consolidating principles of the Federalist party. Composed of many old-time Anti-Federalists, the
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new political organization, James Monroe. Correspondingly