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					The New American
    Republic
    1783-1800
What political faction dominated the framing of the
United States Constitution? Was there any departure
  from the Articles of Confederation or were the
 Articles and the Constitution similar documents?
 Finally, examine the transcendence from political
             factions to political parties.
                                  Federalism
   Federalists: Strong national government, Congress should be free from its dependence on the
    states. Dependence was central governments fatal weakness.
   James Madison: “voluntary compliance of the states will never fail to render federal measures
    abortive.”
   Government positions filled by men of property, education, wealth, and reputation. Expansive
    commerce and westward settlement were important guarantees of a secure “republican empire.”
   Effective central government would have to have, at minimum, an independent source of
    revenues, authority to regulate the country’s trade, form a strong standing army, and power to
    compel obedience to its legitimate commands, accompanied by careful checks against the
    possibility of abuse.
   Diversity: Government made up of competing interests or “factionalism.”
   Governments position within society should be a “disinterested & dispassionate umpire in disputes.”
   Secular State
   Party members: Wealthy, veterans, diplomats, Continental Congress, bankers, merchants, agrarian
    capitalists, and manufacturers.
   Government’s primary responsibility is to protect property rights, which is essential for
    commercial development, through the creation of a national market, public credit, national
    currency, and the protection of contracts.
     Anti-Federalism/Republicans
   Anti-federalists: Held that a republican system required similarity of religion, manners,
    sentiments, and interests. They were convinced that no such sense of community could exist in an
    enlarged republic, that no one set of laws could work within such diversity.
   For instance, what is right for citizens in South Carolina, would not be right for residents in
    Massachusetts.
   Argued that an overly centralized federal authority would strip state governments of their
    legitimate powers.
    Warned against the elite or the “monied interests” controlling government. Governments should
    reflect their citizenry, and rulers should be responsive to public needs.
   Every portion of free society should have representation within government.
   Government expected to promote morality, virtue, and religion.
   Samuel Adams: Republican government required “a positive passion for the public good, the
    public interest… superior to all private passions.”
   Abhorred the idea of a standing army, preferred existing militia system.
   Elbridge Gerry, delegate from Massachusetts, “A standing army is like an erect penis… an
    excellent assurance of domestic tranquility, but a dangerous temptation to foreign adventure.”
         Constitutional Convention:
         May 25-September 17, 1787.
   55 delegates participated, representing every state
    except Rhode Island.
   (34) Lawyers, (7) merchants, (27) farmers, (30) public
    creditors, and (10) public servants, nearly all were
    conservative men of means.
   James Madison, George Washington, Gouverneur
    Morris, George Mason, and James Wilson.
   Central Issues of Debate: Representation, Federal
    Power, Separation of Power, Strong Executive, written
    Bill of Rights, and Bicameral Legislature.
                       Representation
   Virginia Plan: Introduced by Governor Edmund Randolph of Virginia.
   Bicameral legislature with representation in both houses apportioned according
    to population.
   The legislature would choose the national executive and national judiciary,
    and it would have all the powers currently held by congress plus the power to
    settle disputes between state governments.
   Congress would have the authority to veto state laws that contradicted the
    laws of congress but it would not be able to tax citizens or regulate interstate
    and international trade.
   New Jersey Plan: Introduced by William Patterson of New Jersey.
   Plan enabled Congress to tax domestic trade and goods, tax imports, regulate
    commerce, and demand state requisitions of money and goods.
   Most important, each state would have one vote in a unicameral Congress,
    which would guard against excessive influence of very populous states, in
    particular Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.
   Deadlock for 7 weeks.
            Connecticut Compromise:
                 July 12, 1787.
   Proposed by Rodger Sherman of Connecticut on July 12, 1787.
   Proposed equal state representation in the upper house (Senate) and
    proportional representation in the lower house (House of Representatives).
   Term limits: 2 years for lower house, 6 years for upper house, and 4 years for
    the executive.
   An electoral college comprised of all representatives and senators would
    choose the executive.
   Congress had power to levy and collect taxes, settle disputes among states,
    negotiate with foreign governments, and set the standards for citizenship.
    Congress would only have veto power over state law if it went against the
    “Supreme law of the land.” Congress was also responsible for regulating
    inter-state commerce and frontier diplomacy.
   Slavery issue: Article 4, Section 2: Proclaimed that runaway slaves must be
    returned to their owners.
   3/5 compromise: representation in the lower house of congress would be
    determined by each state’s free population, plus 3/5 of all other persons.
                 Separation of Power
   Legislature counterbalanced by a forceful, separate executive, and a judiciary
    separate from both.
   James Madison: “Genuinely independent, fully countervailing branches.”
   Lower House exclusive authority over money bills.
   President chosen by an electoral college: Election by electors chosen by the
    people. Heart of the new American state.
   Supreme Court: Appointed positions: for life, “apolitical.”
   Thomas Jefferson: “Independent tribunals of justice will consider themselves
    in a peculiar manner the guardians of those rights; they will be an
    impenetrable bulwark against every assumption of power in the legislative or
    executive; they will be naturally led to resist every encroachment upon rights
    expressly stipulated for in the constitution.”
       Bill of Rights: Ratified 1791.
   First 10 amendments to the Constitution protected individual
    rights and popular sovereignty, passes in June 1789.
   Freedom of Speech, Religion, Press, Assembly, right to bear
    arms, quartering, unreasonable search and seizures, double
    jeopardy, right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury,
    cruel and unusual punishment, and government lies within the
    people,
   According to Anti-federalist’s a bill of rights would restrict
    national power and guard against abuses of power.
   Bill defined the powers of Congress
   Architect James Madison.
   Federalist compromise to Anti-federalist concerns.
             U.S. Constitution:
         Passed September 17, 1787.
   Constitution is a grant of power to a centralized
    nation-state.
   Convention agreed to substitute a complex and
    authoritative central government for the present,
    feeble, unicameral legislature, provided by the
    Articles of Confederation.
   Congress ability to tax, provided for separation
    of power, and regulate interstate commerce
    (Umpire).
    The other Compromise of 1787
   Northwest Ordinance & the U.S. Constitution: Centered around the issue of slavery.
   James Madison: “the institution of slavery and its consequences formed the line of
    discrimination” between the contending groups of states at the Convention.
   Northwest Ordinance of 1787 (Architect Thomas Jefferson, 1785): Established principles for
    orderly occupation of newly conquered western territory.
   Divided into 3 to 5 territories: Future states in territory, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and
    Illinois.
   Slavery was banned in all of Northwest Territories.
   Why did southern majority of the Continental Congress unanimously vote for the Northwest
    Ordinance, despite its antislavery clause?
   Ordinance only applied to territory North of the Ohio River, any region south of the Ohio, was
    open to slavery, including present day Tennessee and Kentucky.
   The Northwest Ordinance legislated against slavery in that part of the West where it did not exist
    and left it alone in the Southwest were it already was.
   Connection: Fugitive Slave Clause: Exposes one of the fundamental compromises of the
    Constitutional Convention.
   Both the Ordinance and Constitution were ready to compromise the concept that all men are
    created equal.
                            The Republic
   The First Federal Congress: 1st Federal Congressional election was in
    November 1788, the elected took their seats for the first time in late spring 1789 (91
    total: 8 were Anti-federalist’s.
   Executive Office: President George Washington.
   Cabinet: Thomas Jefferson: Secretary of State, Alexander Hamilton: Treasurer, Henry
    Knox: Secretary of War, and Edmund Randolph: Head of the Justice Department or
    Attorney General.
    Judiciary Act of 1789: established a six justice Supreme Court, 13 District Courts, and
    3 Circuit Courts that would hear cases appealed from the States. (1st Act passed by
    Congress)
   Hamilton’s Plan: How best to pay war debt?
    Tariff Act of 1789: Taxed tonnage of foreign ships coming into American ports and
    all imported goods, but at low enough levels to encourage merchants to expand
    business.
   Over the next 30 years this Act provided 90% of the Federal Governments income.
   Consolidated Federal, State, and Foreign debt into one payment at 4% interest in 1790.
    ($67 million total).
   Debts needed to be paid quickly and in full in order to establish the political reputation
    of the United States.
                      The Republic
   Bank of the United States: Created in 1791 in Philadelphia, Pa.
    This bank had a 20 year charter.
   Provided merchants with badly needed credit (Public Credit).
   Established 8 branches nation-wide and further inspired
    individual states to create their own banks.
   Hamilton believed that high import taxes and federal bounties
    for experiments in production would stimulate growth. (Report
    on Manufacturers)
   Southerners slammed this report calling it a plan in favor of cities
    and the “money interest”. Plan failed to pass congress in 1791.
                    Factions to Party’s
   Hamiltonians (Federalist’s) vs. Democratic-Republicans (James Madison and Thomas
    Jefferson).
   Deep division on creation of national bank, where the U.S. Capitol would be. Agrarian
    republicans vs. moneyed interests of cities.
   Republicans feared that the Hamiltonians were going to institute a monarchy (Natural
    vs. Artificial Aristocracy).
    Federalist’s usually represented the wealthy and deeply religious segment of society
    (Commercial farmers, merchants, and manufacturers.)
   Republicans represented the middle and lower classes and true believers in small govt.
    (Frontiersmen, small farmers, Artisans, Southern export planters).
   Republicans: Pursued moral improvement through agrarian culture not urban life.
   Favored westward expansion and saw English city dwellers as wage laborers in
    factories and addicted to luxury consumption.
   French Revolution of 1789: Republicans saw it as a good thing, Federalist’s were
    outraged at the mass executions of the elite in French society.
   1800 saw a peaceful transfer of power.

				
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