William Washington Domestic Policies

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When it came to domestic policies, Washington focused on unity, order, security, and economic development. Washington united the states through trade and their commitment to the government. He believed it would eliminate prejudice and increase friendships. Unity also occurred politically. Washington publicly opposed political clubs, and saw them as a threat to unity. Although he widely spoke of them, he never took any action regarding them. He believed that the safest thing to do was to just let them crumble on their own. Order referred to having a civilized society. To have one, Americans had to respect the laws of the nation. Washington would have to crush the “Whiskey” rebels in Pennsylvania even though there was no physical fight. Protest …show more content…
He sent two armies to their territory which both failed drastically. He then invited chiefs, promising fairness. Little did the Native Americans know that Washington would soon convince Congress to raise five thousand troops which attacked many tribes. Many tribes ceded their land. In his last months on office, Washington would create treaty with the Creeks. The country had suffered from financial problems from the war. Alexander Hamilton proposed a national bank for the country. To convince Washington to sign on for a bank, he called it “vital to the nation’s economic interests and asserting that, under the Constitution, Congress possessed the right to use all means ‘necessary and proper’ to realize objectives that were not forbidden to it” (Burns and Dunn, 100). There was much opposition to the bank by Randolph and Jefferson. Washington eventually choose in Hamilton’s favor. Economic development also involved negotiations with Britain, France, and Spain. It also involved agriculture, with Americans not having enough concern for it. Agriculture had helped boost the economy and the people’s earnings. He believed all of this helped lead toward his goal of national harmony and …show more content…
His conviction on foreign power and alliances was that, “Nations as well as individuals, act for their own benefit, and not for the benefit of others, unless both interests happen to be assimilated” (Burns and Dunn, 124). A country will only act if it is in best interest for them. France and America had the Treaty of Amity and Commerce to help one another when fighting England. During the War of Independence, French troops had supported America. It was America’s turn to help France, however it was Washington’s decision whether or not they would go to war. Washington had much affection for France, but when thinking logically, he decided America would remain neutral. A brand new nation becoming intertwined in a European war would have damaged it forever. However, there was more trouble. Washington sent John Jay to negotiate with Great Britain. Jay had signed a treaty in which the British only evacuated their northwests posts. Vessels had to be under seventy tons to trade and neutrality wasn 't accepted. Many Americans were unhappy with Jay’s decision and even looted his home. Before Washington was supposed to choose whether or not to sign, he received a letter about the Whiskey Rebellion and how Randolph sought a bribe from the French. In a heated moment of anger, Washington signed the treaty, stating it was “more prudent to approve the treaty ‘than to suffer matters to remain as they are, unsettled’”

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