Republicans and Federalists
Lecture no. 16 from the course: A History of the United States, 2nd Edition
Taught by Professor Gary W. Gallagher and 2 others | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
The surprise development in the new republic's political life was the formation of political parties. The threat this posed to the Founders was that parties might thrive on sanctioning and perpetuating disagreements and disunion. James Madison became the organizer of the Democratic-Republicans, and Hamilton recruited his Congressional supporters into the Federalist Party. The Federalists only barely managed to elect their candidate, John Adams, as Washington's successor in 1796.