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Unformatted text preview: their ideological differences, the first two political parties emerged, with the Federalists supporting a strong national government behind Hamilton and the Democratic-Republicans supporting strong states rights behind Jefferson. Following another two year retirement at Monticello, Jefferson was thrust back into the political spotlight when he ran for President against the Federalist candidate John Adams. Suffering a narrow defeat, Jefferson assumed the role of Vice President, which he treated lightly and somewhat cavalierly. In opposition to the administration he served in, Jefferson secretly authored a treatise against the expanding powers of the federal government, later known as the Kentucky Resolutions...
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- Fall '08