Politics! Politics! The Emergence of Political Parties in the U.S.
Abigail Adams: Law, Politics and Govt
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: Several class periods
Among the founders of the United States, it was generally believed that political parties were not a good idea. The founders wanted to avoid the harsh political arguments that characterized political life in the Europe of their time and to keep the young and fragile United States free from such divisions.
It wasn’t long, however, before at least two major sets of beliefs arose regarding the way in which the new nation should be shaped and governed. Abigail and John Adams were staunch Federalists, while Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were Anti-Federalists, or Democratic-Republicans.
This lesson can be extended in several ways: