History of the United States eBook

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J.S.  Bassett, The Federalist System (American Nation Series).

C.A.  Beard, Economic Origins of Jeffersonian Democracy.

H. Lodge, Alexander Hamilton.

J.T.  Morse, Thomas Jefferson.


1.  Who were the leaders in the first administration under the Constitution?

2.  What step was taken to appease the opposition?

3.  Enumerate Hamilton’s great measures and explain each in detail.

4.  Show the connection between the parts of Hamilton’s system.

5.  Contrast the general political views of Hamilton and Jefferson.

6.  What were the important results of the “peaceful” French Revolution (1789-92)?

7.  Explain the interaction of opinion between France and the United States.

8.  How did the “Reign of Terror” change American opinion?

9.  What was the Burke-Paine controversy?

10.  Show how the war in Europe affected American commerce and involved America with England and France.

11.  What were American policies with regard to each of those countries?

12.  What was the outcome of the Alien and Sedition Acts?

=Research Topics=

=Early Federal Legislation.=—­Coman, Industrial History of the United States, pp. 133-156; Elson, History of the United States, pp. 341-348.

=Hamilton’s Report on Public Credit.=—­Macdonald, Documentary Source Book, pp. 233-243.

=The French Revolution.=—­Robinson and Beard, Development of Modern Europe, Vol.  I, pp. 224-282; Elson, pp. 351-354.

=The Burke-Paine Controversy.=—­Make an analysis of Burke’s Reflections on the French Revolution and Paine’s Rights of Man.

=The Alien and Sedition Acts.=—­Macdonald, Documentary Source Book, pp. 259-267; Elson, pp. 367-375.

=Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions.=—­Macdonald, pp. 267-278.

=Source Studies.=—­Materials in Hart, American History Told by Contemporaries, Vol.  III, pp. 255-343.

=Biographical Studies.=—­Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Gallatin.

=The Twelfth Amendment.=—­Contrast the provision in the original Constitution with the terms of the Amendment. See Appendix.


[1] North Carolina ratified in November, 1789, and Rhode Island in May, 1790.

[2] To prevent a repetition of such an unfortunate affair, the twelfth amendment of the Constitution was adopted in 1804, changing slightly the method of electing the President.




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