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  1. Who was George Washington?
  2. Why was he popular?
  3. Who was Alexander Hamilton?
  4. What measures did he take to the nation's financial benefit?
  5. Who was Thomas Jefferson? Why did he oppose Hamilton's economic policies?
  6. What did Washington propose and warn against in his Farewell Address?
  7. Why was he so concerned with global conflict? Discuss the XYZ affair.
  8. How did Adams go too far with the Alien and Sedition Acts?
  9. What sort of President was Thomas Jefferson?
  10. How did Hamilton and the Federalists aid in Jefferson's election?
  11. What was the Louisiana Purchase? Why did the idea appeal to Jefferson?
  12. What sort of President was James Monroe?

George Washington was born in 1732 into a Virginia planter family and was raised to be an eighteenth century Virginia gentlemen. Washington was a general and took part in the French and Indian War as well as the American Revolutionary War. Washington became of the most important figures in the founding of the United States of America. Although never officially joining the Federalist Party, Washington did support its programs and was its inspirational leader. On April 30, 1789, George Washington took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. (?George Washington?)

[...] Although that seemed to be a positive start, Adams himself admitted too being a poor politician because he "was unpracticed in intrigues for power." Adams also had a ?combative spirit? which did not always go along with the presidential decorum, as he would scream, shout, and sometimes even curse. Adams?) Why was he so concerned with global conflict? Discuss the XYZ affair. Adams' presidency was filled with intense disputes over foreign policy. The new nation of the United States had ties to both France and Britain, who were now at war with each other. [...]


[...] While Britain and France were at war, the United States remained neutral and traded with both countries. Both sides tried to hinder American trade with the other. Madison and Jefferson instituted the Embargo Act to punish Britain and France, forbidding Americans to trade with any foreign nation. This act failed and in frustration at British restrictions on neutral trade, America declared war on Britain. After the declaration of war was made, Britain offered to withdraw the trade restrictions, but it was too late to appease America who had begun to portray this as a "second war for independence." of What sort of President was James Monroe? [...]

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