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A political party is a group of people who seek to win elections and hold public office in order to shape government policy and programs George Washington warned Americas people of the dangers of these separate parties in The Farewell Address an except is shown in Document 4 Washington opposed political parties because It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms kindles the animosity of one party against another fomentsstirs upriot and insurrection rebellion Political parties began to rise rapidly in the 1790s Several issues being the cause Alexander Hamilton used the nations huge debts owed to other countries and its own citizens as an opportunity to push for the kind of national government that he wanted He was a federalist a supporter of strong national power he had little faith in the people He believed the constitution was not enough to preserve the new nation After dealing with the south about his plan regarding the debts and assuming state debts Hamilton created a tax on imported goods A tax which Thomas Jefferson disagreed with Document 3 is an excerpt from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson in December of 1794 speaking of Jeffersons perspective on this tax He describes it as infernal hellish showing a deep disapproval Many other Americans did not like Hamiltons plan because they did not want the federal government interfering with local and state affairs This Federalist program suggested a return to monarchy Jefferson began to obtain followers who agreed with his viewpoint seeing Hamilton as a monarchist Document 1 is an excerpt from a memo written by Thomas Jefferson he says that Hamilton was in support of a monarchy based upon corruption This attempt to return to aristocracy was seen by many as an assault on the hard-won liberty of the American people The French Revolution divided Americans even more Jeffersons supporters saw the French Revolution as an extension of the American Revolution They commended
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