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pro-British, and were pessimistic about the future. DRs disliked a strong central gov’t, focused on
westward expansion, preferred agrarian interests,
and were more optimistic about the future.
- During the 1790s the majority slowly switched to the
- Anyhow, before Washington retired he gave the famous
Farewell Address, which mainly called for commercial
but not political links to other countries [no permanent
alliances], stressed the need for unilateralism, and called
- Then came the election, in which John Adams and
Thomas Pinckney went from the Federalist side and
Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr represented the DRs.
- Since the electors were only told to vote for their two
favorites [the Constitution didn’t provide for parties], it
ended up that Adams was President and Jefferson was
Vice President. Oh no…
*The Adams Administration*
- Adams was still in the early Washington phase [i.e.
Presidents should be above politics and not support any
factions] and, as a result, he let others take the lead too
often, which gave his administration a reputation for
inconsistency. The one thing Adams’ detachment did
help him with was the whole France crisis that erupted
b/c of Jay’s Treaty [which France didn’t like too much].
- So b/c of Jay’s Treaty, the French started seizing
American ships carrying British goods. Adams sent 3
guys over in 1798 to negotiate a settlement, but good ‘ol
Talleyrand demanded a bribe before negotiations could
66 begin. Adams told Congress it wasn’t working, which
convinced them that he had deliberately sabotaged
things and insisted he release the reports.
- Adams ended up withholding only the names of the
French agents, which led to the name of the XYZ Affair.
Anyhow, this thing generated enormous anti-French
sentiment – Congress abrogated the 1778 Treaty, and a
Quasi-War began in the Caribbean.
- The DRs continued to support France, and Adams
wasn’t sure whether or not to call them traitors. Other
Federalists, however, saw the whole thing as a great
opportunity to prove once and...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.
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