Student Resources: History & Social Studies

The First American Party System: The Platforms They Never Had

Created September 7, 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? Can be used in conjunction with Lesson 3 of The First American Party System: Events, Issues, and Positions.