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Our American Republic - Ep. 37: Federalists

On this episode of Our American Republic, we are going to talk about the Federalists who originally championed the Constitution and the Federalist Party who assumed the same name as the original Constitutional advocates. 134 more words


The Most Sublime Gift of Heaven

In the early 1800s, America underwent a campaign of infrastructure building. The building of new roads, bridges, and canals were done in a spirit of “national grandeur and individual convenience.” Gordon Wood, Empire of Liberty, 730 quoting Charles G. 397 more words

Early Republic

Gearing up for the War of 1812

In large part, the War of 1812 was brought about by necessity but also by politics.

In terms of necessity, the British were executing a policy of impressment where the British would inspect American ships for contraband or material support for the French. 472 more words

Early Republic

Setting the Stage for the War of 1812

In the early Republic, trading became a staple of the American economy, which affected American relations with other countries in drastic ways.

American merchants “brought home products from Canton, China, and ports in the Indian Ocean, including teas, coffee, chinaware, spices, and silks, before shipping them on to Europe . 425 more words

Early Republic

Born in Discord

We tend to forget the sharp birth pangs of any republic. After we approved our famed constitution, it took seventy-five years and a bloody civil war in which millions died before we could begin to act as a unified country. 300 more words


FEDERALISTS V ANTI-FEDERALISTS PART FOURTEEN (the last part): On Federal Military Power

The Anti-Federalists were extremely wary of granting any new Central Government the right to raise and maintain military forces. Especially loathsome to them was the thought of “standing armies”– large armies maintained even in times of peace. 1,170 more words

Law & Government

FEDERALISTS V ANTI-FEDERALISTS PART THIRTEEN: On The Power Of Direct Federal Taxation Upon Individuals

Anti-Federalists, as a general rule, did not support the power of the proposed Central Government to tax individuals directly.  

In his “Number One” of 18 October 1787, Brutus warned that the power to tax “connects with it almost all other powers, or at least will in the process of time draw all others after it.”  And in his “Number Eleven” of 31 January 1788, he declared that… … 525 more words

Law & Government