Student Resources: History & Social Studies

The First American Party System: Federalist Platform

Created July 29, 2010

The rivalry between the Federalists and Republicans was bitter. What were the key positions of the parties? How important to the parties' positions were their basic attitudes toward constitutional interpretation (Federalists, broad interpretation / Democratic-Republicans, strict interpretation)? Which positions of either party resonate in the politics of today? Fill in the respective party positions for each category listed. Fill in the respective party positions for each issue category listed