George Washington warned about the “the baneful effects of the spirit of party.”Alexander Hamilton felt that parties were evil and ought to be suppressed. Thomas Jefferson once said, “If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.” So what happened in Washington’s administration, mostly because of Hamilton and Jefferson? The development of political parties. Go figure.
How did these parties start? What were the views of each? Why does this matter? You can find out by reading Jefferson vs. Hamilton and enjoying the videos below!
From John Adams, the awesome HBO miniseries:
From John Green, my favorite Crash Course guy:
Want a little Political Parties hip-hop? Thanks, Lin-Manuel: