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Federalists vs. Democratic- Republicans, Hamilton's Financial Plan, and The Whiskey Rebellion

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  • Hi, my name is Thomas Jefferson, and I represent the Democratic-Republicans. We believe that America is truly a blessed land and that we should use the resources that we have been given to make a strong nation. Each state is different and each state should have a strong government to meet the specific needs of the people. We also believe that the Constitution is perfect the way that it is and that it should be followed word for word.
  • Hello there! My name is Alexander Hamilton and I represent the Federalists. We believe that America is an amazing land and that it has lots of potential in industry. The national government should have the most power over the people in order to become financially strong. We also believe that the Constitution's rules were meant to be used in things other than that which is specified and that it can be bent according to the current needs of the people.
  • Move national capital to D.C. to make the southern states happy.
  • Compile all state debts into one national debt.
  • Give out bonds so that debt can be payed off as soon as possible.
  • Put an excise tax on whiskey to pay bond holders back.
  • I'm going to think up a financial plan to make our nation financially strong.
  • The tax on whiskey made many farmers angry because they had to convert their grain into whiskey in order to transport it. Plus, big grain companies had to pay the same amount as small business farmers. Since the big grain companies earned more money, it wasn't fair for the small business farmers.
  • Rich and poor farmers rebelled against the whiskey tax. This was known as the Whiskey Rebellion.
  • I'm George Washington and I have an army of 13,000 men (all bond holders who want their money back) to stop this Whiskey Rebellion! Watch out!
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