Party system Essay

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party system






The party system of today has been a long time in the making. Candidates used to be
affiliated with people and ideas more then there party. Today political party lines are
more clear cut then ever before. The first two major parties in the political history of
the United States were the Democratic Republicans (currently Republicans) and the
Federalists (currently Democrats). These parties have stood the test of time and even
with new name their principles remain basically the same. The Philadelphia congressional
election of 1794 was in a way just a taste of what politics in America would become.

John Swanwick won the seat in the Philadelphia congressional race of 1794. The 1794
election in Philadelphia was a close race with many issues that had to be addressed by the
candidates. The major issues of the day were taxes, disease and the national bank system.
Democratic Republicans did not favor the Exise tax but also did not endorse the Whisky
Rebellion of 1794. They were also not entirely favorable of Hamilton’s ideas on
banking. Federalists did however see benefit in both areas. Even as far back as 200
years these two parties hold the same principals as the do today.

The tax that drew the most attention of the day was the exise tax on whiskey. This tax
was not very well accepted in western Pennsylvania where the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794
was a short-lived demonstration by farmers . Exise taxes are still around today and cover
cigarettes and alcohol.

The first banking system of America was The Bank of the United States . Alexander
Hamilton developed the idea for this system during the late 1780’s . This system
was made a law in 1790. This was a public/private bank in which a person could own stock
and it was run with American currency. I do not believe that this was an overly popular
system and people did not entirely agree with it.

Yellow fever killed thousands in Philadelphia in the late 1700’s. Those who were
effected the most were of the lower class while the richer and respected citizens were
able to more easily escape it.

Yellow fever is a communicable disease that can not be treated. This disease can be
spread by mosquitoes and can pass through the air. Yellow fever has an incubation period
of 3-6 days. There is no Yellow fever in the United States currently and can only be
found in tropical and sub tropic areas of the world. There is no treatment but vaccines
exist and are successful.

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