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6. A New Nation -- Part 6
The Constitution made it possible for a strong federal government to tax, wage war, and make law, but it couldn't resolve the many conflicting constituencies of the young nation.
The Whiskey Rebellion showed that the nation could stifle dissent, but also expose a new threat to liberty.
The nation was provided with credit by Hamilton's banking system.
The Constitution's guarantee of religious liberty was not compatible with popular prerogatives.
As the 1790s progressed, Americans became bitterly divided over political parties and foreign wars.
Alexander Hamilton wrote about the wonders of the Constitution during the debates.
He said that the establishment of a Constitution by the voluntary consent of a whole people is a miracle.
40 Anti-Federalists had grave concerns about the Constitution, but they could celebrate the idea of national unity.
Even the most ardent critics would agree with Hamilton's views about the Constitution.
Washington's farewell address could also be taken by these same individuals to heart.
He conceded that this was probably true, but he said that the danger was not too little partisanship, but too much.
"A fire not to be quenched demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, and instead of warming, it should consume," Washington warned.
For every parade, thanksgiving proclamation, or grand procession honoring the unity of the nation there was a political controversy reminding American citizens of how fragile their union was.
As party differences and regional quarrels tested the federal government, the new nation explored the limits of its democracy.
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During the convention, Madison took an active role.
He was the one who shaped historians' understandings of the convention by taking notes.
Many of the quotes come from Madison's notes.
August 14, 1795, Ratified by the United States.
October 28, 1795, Ratified by Great Britain.
Ratifications were exchanged at London in 1795.
"From Thomas Jefferson to William Short on January 3, 1793," found ers online.
"An Act for the Punishment of Certain Crimes Against the United States" was added to the Alien Act on July 14, 1798.
The first generation of Americans were in charge of the revolution.
Madison's hand was used to Revising the Constitutional Convention.
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