Two-Party Politics

Two-Party Politics

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Appendix D

Two-Party Politics

Part 1: Matrix

Complete the matrix by describing the beliefs and ideals of each of the parties.

Generate a list of at least 10 of President Jefferson’s decisions and actions. Decide which party’s ideals are most aligned with the decision or action and provide an explanation of why the decision or action aligns with that party.


|Decisions and Actions                       |Democratic-Republican Party’s Beliefs and Ideals                           |Federalist Party’s Beliefs and Ideals                                     |
|Less formal White House, from parties and   |These actions line up with the Democratic-Republican Party’s beliefs       |The Federalist Party believed in keeping an air of elegance about the     |
|dress, to mode of transportation for the     |because they were for less government, and definitely against creating     |office of president, as well as maintaining a formal attitude in the White|
|president.                                   |another monarchy. Also, this party stood more for the lower classes.       |House                                                                     |
|Jefferson repealed many taxes and reduced   |These actions also line up with the Democratic-Republican Party’s beliefs |The Federalist’s were in favor of taxation, knowing that some form of     |
|the number of federal employees.             |and ideals for small, weak government. Repealing taxes put the tax         |taxation is necessary to run the government efficiently.                   |
|                                             |collectors out of jobs, and took some of the burden off the people.       |                                                                           |
|President Jefferson cut back the military,   |Smaller military means less dollars needed to run the government, so this |The Federalist’s believed in maintaining a strong military presence, so   |
|leaving a...

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