The Founding Fathers, Fearing Factionalism And The Dissension Among A United Country

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The Founding Fathers, fearing factionalism and the dissension among a united country, strongly opposed the formation of political parties in the early formative years of America’s history. Believing that the emergence of political parties would destroy representative government and end the quest for common good, many statesmen, including George Washington, strongly believed that factions would create competition and disunity. However, it was during Washington’s presidency that political parties began to form. Dissension arose among the Founding Fathers when Washington declared itself neutral in the war between France and other European powers. In his Proclamation of Neutrality, Washington promoted “a conduct friendly and impartial toward the belligerent Powers” and deemed it illegal for an American citizen to assist any European nation in war (Document C). This proclamation led to division in Washington’s cabinet. Both Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, who founded the Democratic-Republican party, and Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton, who founded the Federalist party, harbored contrasting views and visions regarding the future of the nation. The political parties created by Jefferson and Hamilton which led to the dual party system between 1789 and 1800 was based on differing ideological views regarding foreign policy with England and France, differing views on the division of power between the federal and state government and contrasting opinions on the how…

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