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Imagine that you are living in the United States in 1800. Which party do you belong to, the Federalists or the Democratic-Republicans (Jeffersonian Republicans)? Make a case as to why your best friend should switch his support to your party.

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This is a very good question. I suppose if I'd been around in 1800, I would've been a Democratic-Republican, a supporter of Thomas Jefferson. The election of 1800 was the first genuinely partisan political contest in American history and generated a lot of bitterness and ill-feeling on both sides. That being the case, it would've been very hard to convince my good Federalist friend to switch sides, but I'd give it my best shot, anyhow.

I'd start by saying that President Adams and his Federalist party have betrayed the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the radical republicanism it enshrines. The American Revolution represented a heroic...

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