The Federalist Era, 1789-1801
Sectionalism, and Reform, 1801-1820
Expansion, Sectionalism, and Reform, 1820-1841
Expansion, Sectionalism, and Reform,
The End of Compromise, 1850-1865
The Gilded Age,
“The basis of our political system is the right
of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.”
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.
The Federalist Era begins with the
inauguration of George Washington as the first president of the
United States under the new federal Constitution, and runs through
the end of John Adams term. It ends with the election of
Thomas Jefferson and a transfer of power to his Republicans in 1800.
Although James Madison of Virginia deserves the lion's-share of the
credit for our current Constitution, a great debt is owed to his
colleagues who worked so tirelessly in an effort to get this
framework for government ratified. Among those who should be
recognized are Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, both of New York.
Together, these three American musketeers applied their intellect
and vigorously promoted the benefits of the federal Constitution
through a series of essays collectively known as The Federalist
Papers. These rather weighty missives published in
newspapers around the nascent-country are believed to have persuaded
many a voter to the efficacy of the Constitution.
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