Describe the key events that occurred during George Washington's presidency?  

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Different people might identify different key events from the presidency of George Washington.  Here are a few key events that I would identify from those years.

  • Creation of the Bill of Rights.  This helped keep people who had opposed the Constitution happy, thus strengthening the nation.  The Bill of Rights, of course, has continued to be supremely important in our system.
  • Passage of Hamilton’s economic plan.  This included such things as the assumption of state debts by the national government and the creation of the Bank of the United States.  Hamilton’s ideas laid the foundation for our strong national economy.
  • The Whiskey Rebellion.  This was an important event since it could potentially have torn the country apart.  By putting it down, Washington established the idea that the national government would have the power to tax people in the states, even if Americans had protested against British taxes on people in the colonies.
  • French Revolution.  While this obviously did not occur in the US, it was exceedingly important for the country.  It caused conflict between Federalists and Democratic-Republicans and it brought about the Napoleonic Wars, which ended up causing, among other things, the War of 1812.

 

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