Unformatted text preview: 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 Democratic-Republicans were initially suspicious of the powers of the Constitution and believed in the necessity of strict construction. Upon gaining executive power under Jefferson in 1801, the party began to suffer from an identity crisis, as they were forced to serve in capacities that they fundamentally opposed. Over time, the Democratic- Republicans effectively became the sole party in the United States, enjoying over two decades of federal power under the presidencies of Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Correspondingly, their first principles became muddled, and they suffered a partition in the 1820s, out of which an entirely new political organization...
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