Federalists vs democratic republicans Essay

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federalists vs democratic republicans





Federalists vs. Democratic Republicans

George Washington himself wanted to avoid a party system in America. Unfortunately, even
when saying this he was part of the beginning of one of the first parties in United States
politics. There have been many different parties surface since the beginning of the
American political system. They all have different thoughts, policies, and motivations.
Each party has come and gone, some have made significant contributions and others have
not. The first split, and beginning of the party system, came with the differentiation
between the Federalists and the Democratic Republicans. These two parties were extremely
different in thought, design, and status of people involved. This paper, will deal with
what these differences were, and whom each party consisted of. I will start by explaining
some about who the Federalists were, then I will describe the Democratic Republicans, and
finally I will summarize some of the contrasts between the two.

The Federalists were a powerful and wealthy party. Mostly lawyers, big businessmen,
bankers, merchants, and professionals made up the Federalist Party. The Federalists had a
lot of money and were mostly influential in New England and the North part of the United
States because big business was very popular there. The Federalist Party consisted of
people who were very much Anglophiles. They loved Britain and all things British. The
Federalists felt that there should be a loose constructionist interpretation of the
constitution. They believed that there were things implied by or simply understood by the
wording of the Constitution. According to the Federalists, just because something was not
specifically written in the Constitution doesn’t mean that it wasn’t covered
or addressed as something that the federal government could handle. The Federalist Party
also supported a strong governmental leadership. They thought that the most important
branch of government was the executive branch, and that a strong leader was needed in this
office of president to make the country strong. Some important Federalist Party supporters
included George Washington, John Adams, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton.

There were some people who didn’t agree with everything that the Federalist Party
believed. This new party was known as the Democratic Republicans. This party was made up
of farmers, small businessmen, and laborers. The Democratic Republicans weren’t
backed by as much money, and were considerably poorer than the Federalists. The south and
west parts of the United States were most influenced by the Democratic Republicans because
that is were the majority of the farming population was located. These people were not
very enamored by Britain or British things and were thought of as Anglophobes. The
Democratic Republicans adopted a strict constructionist view of the interpretation of the
Constitution. Their party felt that if an issue wasn’t written or referred to
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