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CH07 - DEMOCRACY IN DISTRESS THE VIOLENCE OF PARTY POLITICS...

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DEMOCRACY IN DISTRESS: THE VIOLENCE OF PARTY POLITICS, 1788- 1800 America: Past and Present Chapter 7 Force of Public Opinion l Root cause of political parties: ambiguity of republican ideology l Federalists (Hamiltonians) stress national economy to preserve U.S. independence l Republicans (Jeffersonians) prefer government small, local, responsive l Parties agree on ends, differ about means Principle and Pragmatism: Establishing a New Government l George Washington unanimously elected president, 1789 l Washington’s reputation helps legitimize new government l Dominant assumptions all will work together for the common good voters will defer to "betters" in political affairs
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