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Between 1789 and 1803, the United States existed as a developing national state, sparsely settled. The de facto precedents of America's nascent political system had not yet been fleshed out by the generation of statesmen who paved its political way. Historians have examined the rise of the party system in US politics by emphasizing the Jeffersonians, who—led by Thomas Jefferson—helped to develop an agrarian voting bloc. In The Adams Federalists, Manning J. Dauer attends to Adams's struggles with the Federalist Party, arguing that his term is the key to understanding the success of the Jeffersonians in promoting their own democratic ideals. Dauer attributes the fall of Federalism to Adams's failure to maintain a moderate cohort in the White House. The Federalist Party's leadership increasingly adopted policies that isolated the Federalists' agrarian supporters, who in turn found support in the Jeffersonians' archaic politics. Professor Dauer provides an alternative explanation for the popularity of Jefferson's political faction and argues that economic factors undergirded the political organization of early America's voting base. Since its publication, scholars have recognized The Adams Federalists as a definitive study of the Federalist Party during the Adams administration.

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  1. New Copyright
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  1. Half Title
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Preface
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Tables
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  1. List of Maps
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  1. List of Vote Charts
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  1. 1. The Basis of Early Political Divisions; I. Commercial Groups
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  1. 2. The Basis of Early Political Divisions; II. Agricultural Groups; Social, Religious, and Other Factors
  2. pp. 18-34
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  1. 3. The Political Theories of John Adams
  2. pp. 35-54
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  1. 4. The Economic Ideas of John Adams
  2. pp. 55-77
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  1. 5. John Adams and the Federalist Party, 1788-1796
  2. pp. 78-91
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  1. 6. The Election of 1796
  2. pp. 92-111
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  1. 7. Aftermath of the Election
  2. pp. 112-119
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  1. 8. Starting the Administration
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  1. 9. Beginning of the XYZ Session
  2. pp. 137-151
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  1. 10. The Alien and Sedition Laws; Defense Legislation; War?
  2. pp. 152-171
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  1. 11. The Aim of Federalist Foreign Policy
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  1. 12. The Aim of Federalist Domestic Policy
  2. pp. 198-211
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  1. 13. Adams Prepares to Block the Program
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  1. 14. The Party Splits
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  1. 15. Closing the Administration
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  1. 16. The Election of 1800
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  1. 17. Conclusion
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  1. Appendix I. Congressional Districts from 1793-1803
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  1. Appendix II. The Alignment of Political Parties in 1796
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  1. Appendix III. Vote Charts and Maps
  2. pp. 288-342
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  1. Appendix IV. Documents: Original Text of Sedition Act
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  1. Appendix V. Comment on Summary of Causes for Party Alignment
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 375-381
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421434667
Related ISBN
9781421434650
MARC Record
OCLC
1122594691
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-10
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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