Why did the Federalist and Republican factions each view its opponents as existential threats to the new nation during the Adams administration?
If President Washington was such a unifying force, why were the early 1790s so violent and contested?
In establishing a centralized government, American elites struggled to find a balance between a top-down system and a system of the people. The arguments that raged in the late 18th century linger with us today.
What lessons did the founding generation take from the American Revolution, and why do we forget the early republican experiments?