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Chapter 8, Contested Republic, 1789-1800, p. 216-246
Dr. Andrew Diemer
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Common abbreviations: Sp. = Spain or Spanish G.B. = Great Brittan w/ = with Fr. = France or French Am. = North America est. = established Eng. = England or English ­>  = leads to b/w = between Euro. = Europe/ Europeans <­  = caused by gov’t = government Chapter 8: Contested Republic, 1789­1800 Pages 216 – 247 American Portrait: William Maclay Goes to the Senate (p. 216)  Wealthy land owner  Served as: State legislator, judge, PA’s executive council  Frist senator from PA  Impatient w/ setting up a gov’t  Believed: ­ Easterners = power hungry ­ New Englanders = arrogant + rude ­ Virginians = kiss ups ­ New President Washington = show off  Saw signs of anti­republicanism ­ Judiciary Act 1789 = too much power ­ National bank = in favor of the rich  Warned against senate passing a bill taxing liquor ­> PA’s distilleries impacted ­> protest ­> armed confrontation b/w citizens and gov’t The United States in 1789 (p. 217) Lands and People  United States: ­ 1781: existence = Articles of Confederation ­ 1783: recognition = Treaty of Paris, Constitution  1789 George Washington becomes President  Land disputes of exactly where the border is ­> G.B. vs. U.S. over Maine ­> Sp. holding parts of Mississippi + Alabama  Indians still considered most of the “Unites States” to be their land  U.S. ethnic identity: ­ English, Scottish, Scotch­Irish, Irish German, Dutch, Swedish, Welsh, or French  descent ­ PA = majority German  Being “white” or “European” did not create a commonality ­ Irish, Welsh, Scots angry w/ Eng.   +   Eng. angry w/ Fr. (due to wars and take overs)  Religion ­ Protestant: Eng., Welsh, Dutch, Swedish, Germans ­ Catholic: Irish, French  18% of population of 3.9 million = slaves ­ VA + SC slaves = 50% of population ­ Charleston + New York = most slaves ­ Constitution: a) Recognized slavery (Three­Fifths Compromise) b) Protected the institution of it for at least 20 years Ways of Living  Countryside = 97% of population ­ Family farms = 50­100 acres each ­ Men/boys: grew grain ­> meal + flour ­ Women/girls: garden (vegetables), orchards (fruit), chickens/ a cow or pig (milk +  meat)  Farmers bartered/ traded w/ shopkeepers + craftspeople Bread, soap, candles, butter, cheese, cloth <­> butcher, shoemaker, carpenter, seamstress, spinner  Combined jobs w/ farming (made up the middle class) ­ Men: blacksmith, mason, small shop owner ­ Women: midwife, specialized sewer  1/3 of countryside population = indentured servants or hired farmers (seasonally)  Only travelled to town centers for elections or boundary disputes  Houses only had a few rooms  5% of population lived in port cities ­ Big houses, several servants  60,000 blacks were free ­ Majority lived in port cities ­ Home grocery stores ­ Cleaned chimneys ­ Sold soup ­ Some black men could vote, but many did not have enough property to exercise that  right  Slaves ­ Smaller white farmers rented a slaves’ service ­ Some worked as clerks, craftsmen, servants instead of on plantations  South ­ Fear of rebellion (during the war) ­> tighter controls/ harsher treatment ­ Only emancipated those who were old + of little economic value  Indians ­ Leaders selected by consensus, reconciled differences ­ Participated in trade / est. relations ­ Maintained confederacies ­ Did not share the Eng. value of privately owned property ­> Believed whites’ love of money was a disadvantage, corrupting the heart and mind The First Emancipation Movements  Constitution ratified – slavery already existed for 150 yrs.  Eng. (dominant nation in slave trade) outlawed it ­ Strove to abolish the trade and ownership of slaves in Eng. territories  1794 Fr. abolished it in its nation and colonies  US: ­ Quakers, Baptists, Methodists spoke against it ­ None of the state constitutions recognized it ­> VT, MA, NH write new ones giving them rights  Jupiter Hammon ­ Slave in NY ­ First published black author ­ Told slaves to obey their masters w/ humility, avoid stealing, + look forward to  heaven’s freedom ­ Advocated gradual emancipation  Phillis Wheatley ­ First published black poet ­ “On Being Brought from Africa to America”  By 1804, every state north of DE was making efforts to abolish slavery  In the south, there were no proslavery politicians nor colonial abolitionists ­> Clear distinction b/w north and south Philadelphia (p. 225)  1790s = nation’s capital  Biggest city in Am.  Robert Morris offered his home to Washington o 6 bedrooms o ice house o 4 servants’ rooms o bath house o two­story kitchen o stable for 12 horses ­ Washington added more rooms for his servants ­ Total: o Washington o His secretary o Wife: Martha o Secretary’s wife o Martha’s grandchildren  o 3 other secretaries (he didn’t have any  o 8 slaves children w/ her) o 15 white servants  1,600 blacks lived in the city ­ 2/3 were free ­> significant black community (2 blocks away from Washington)  Martha’s chambermaid escaped there ­ Washington’s term was over ­> packed to return to VA ­> maid packed to escape +  left while they were eating dinner ­ Friend of Washington spots her on a boat headed to NH, she stated she wanted to  learn to read and write ­ Washington asks a gov’t official to send her back, official refuses b/c it may start a  riot ­ Martha’s nephew found her, she claimed that she was free now, nephew goes to  Senator to forcefully take her, Senator warns her and she flees o Conflicting Visions of Republican Society  When Washington became president, NC and RI had not yet ratified the constitution  Belief that republican success = character of the people ­ Wealthy: lazy ­> corrupting gov’t for self­interest ­ Poor: desperation ­> riots ­ 97% of population lived on farms w/ nuclear family ­ Success of republic = cultivators, industry, + international trade, concerned about the  greater good  Wealthy, smallest % of population, controlled largest % of wealth ­ Poor saw them as thieves: getting property w/o working for it ­ Wealthy saw farmers as poor due to their lack of hard work, not their hardships o Used IOUs to purchase goods o Untimely payments on debt  Alexander Hamilton ­ Born in West Indies ­ Mom (shopkeeper) died when he was 13 ­ Worked for a merchant firm o ­> They paid for his college education ­ Saw that the merchant class – traders, investors, financiers – who took risks leading  to new markets and ideas, had the best qualities for a successful republic  It’s wisdom, not laziness, to have another man work so you don’t have to o ­> Jefferson contributed “republicanism” to slaves themselves, not the  institution of slavery  Women ­ Lost their property upon marriage ­ If divorced, only kept their clothes and personal belongings as property ­ Male crafts/professions were closed to them (hindering them from making more  money) ­ Belief that women should only desire to be married, make their husbands happy, and  keep their “infants clean” – Apollo Magazine, 1795 o Transatlantic Talk About the Rights of Women (p. 228)  1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John Adams, asking him to “remember the  ladies” as they wrote the Declaration  1791, “Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Female Citizen” (Fr.) rebutting the  “Declaration of the Rights of Man” ­ Male + female should be equal in the eyes of the law (employment, politics, etc.)  1790, “Letters on Education” (Eng.) ­ Equal education ­> fair competition in the work force  1792, “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” ­ Ignorance, slavish dependence, and other characteristics of women only exist b/c of  the “tyranny of man” o The Culture of the Republic  Newspapers published: ­ local news ­ gov’t documents ­ articles from other cities, states, + countries  1790, “The Power of Sympathy”, William Hill Brown, first American novel  Illiterates listened to stories read aloud in shops, taverns, homes, and salons.  1731, library opens in PA (est. by Benjamin Franklin) = gov’t library o ­> Library of Congress (when capital moved to D.C.)  Philadelphia 1. Young Ladies’ Academy of Philadelphia (1787) ­ First public women’s academy: o Reading o Grammar o Writing o Composition o Arithmetic o Geography o English ­ 350+ academies opened 1790­1830 (for daughters of prosperous families) 2. Almshouse – care for and house the poor 3. Penitentiary – to isolate and reform criminals ­ The Struggle to Form a Government (p. 233)  Where selfish gov’t issues controlling the people? Or selfish people controlling the gov’t? ­ The States and the Bill of Rights  Adding a Bill of Rights was originally opposed ­ Belief that it didn’t already protect liberties, then adding lists of rights would be of no affect.  James Madison refused to add amendments that changed the structure of the government  or states, but those that affirmed human rights according to the already set structure: ­ Limit Congressional power to levy taxes ­ Protect the right to bear arms ­ Right to trial by jury ­ Protection from unreasonable search and seizure ­ Freedom of religion, speech, the press, the right to assembly, and the right to petition.  Full list of the Bill of Rights (first 10 Amendments), published Dec. 1791:­documents/bill­of­rights/ ­ Congress Begins Its Work  Washington began March 4, 1789, but was not sworn in until April 30.  Congress, which had already begun, only included 13 members of the House, and 8 in  the Senate. ­ First task, deciding what the president should be called o Suggestion “His Highness the President of the United States of America, and  Protector of the Liberties” o Settled w/ “the President of the United States” ­ Second task, approving official advisors to the President (the cabinet) o President Washington (VA) o Vice President, John Adams (MA) o Secretary of State, Jefferson (VA) o Attorney General, Randolph (VA) o Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton (NY) o Secretary of War, Knox (MA) o Postmaster General, Osgood (MA) ­ Judiciary Act of 1789, Supreme Court had limited power. o Chief Justice – John Jay ­ Political Economy and Political Parties  Hamilton – Tariff Act of 1789 ­ Tax on imported goods and foreign ships carrying them  Hamilton – debt plan  Southern states afraid the capital would move from NY to PA ­> moved along Potomac  river, VA  Hamilton – series of taxes, including on liquor, 1791  Hamilton – national bank ­> stable currency and mobilized capital for the gov’t ­ Madison and Jefferson disapproved (too much power given to speculators and  financiers = unrepublican)  Hamilton­ suggested federal gov’t should subsidize domestic manufacturing ­ Again, Madison and Jefferson disapproved ­ Hamilton used Philadelphian newspaper to promote his views ­ ­> Madison est. new Philadelphian paper promoting the necessity of political parties:  “Republicans” and “Anti­Republicans” ­ ­> Those who agreed w/ Jefferson and Madison known as “Democratic  Republicans” ­ ­> Supporters of Hamilton claim to be a supporter of Washington’s administration as  “Federalists” ­ These labels took a white to catch on, but solidified in 1796 when voting patterns  distinguished the two sides. ­ Controlling the Borderlands  Some federal troops and state militias would randomly attack Indians ­> Indian retaliation  Spain kept its presence in New Spain at the foot of the Mississippi river  Eng. kept forests below the Great Lakes that it was supposed to evacuate due to the  Treaty  Washington worked w/ Secretary of War Henry Knox to est. a fairer/ consistent Indian  policy ­ Washington submitted a report by Knox on Indian affairs to Congress less than a  month after taking office. ­ Knox recommended buying Indian claims on disputed lands ­> Congress gives  $20,000 for negotiations ­ Washington had to est. a military presence due to Indian rejection ­>  Treaty of Greenville, 1795 ­ Indians give up 2/3 of future Ohio, and a piece of future Indiana in return for annual  federal payments ­ Offered Indians farm equipment, cows, and pigs to impose “white ideas” of  work/economy  Hamilton’s tax ­> Whiskey Rebellion, 1794 ­> Washington sent 13,000 troops to  Western PA ­ America in the Transatlantic Community (p. 240) ­ Other Revolutions ­ France   1789, French storm Bastille prison rejecting the power of the monarchy  National Constituent Assembly abolished feudalism and proclaimed the “Declaration of  the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (modeled after the U.S. Declaration)  Jefferson and Madison were strong supporters of the Fr. Revolution ­ French St. Domingue  Island’s free blacks led an organized movement for equality that blew up into a full­scale  revolution by the tens of thousands of slaves  Washington feared that supporting them would ­> a slave rebellion in the U.S. and  supporting the nation of France would ­> angering G.B. ­ Washington settles on sending supplies + ammunition to the island’s white elite ­ Between France and England  1793 Fr. + Sp. declare war on G.B. + Holland ­ Madison + Jefferson scared the U.S. would join G.B. against its fellow republic Fr. ­ Hamilton believed friendly relations w/ G.B. = a benefit ­ Washington promoted neutrality  Fr. sends a citizen to Philadelphia, current capital ­ Goal to allow Fr. navy + privateers to resupply @ U.S. ports ­ Persuaded KY to attack the Spanish ­ ­> Washington was furious at his attempts to start a new revolution, demands that  he is recalled back to FR. and Washington declares neutrality ­ To the Brink of War  John Jay negotiated a treaty to reduce tensions b/w G.B. and U.S. ­ G.B. agreed to open West Indies’ ports to U.S. and evacuate forts in the Northwest ­ Both agree to est. boards to set the boundary b/w U.S. and Canada and treat each  other’s ships fairly ­ Senate debated this treaty in secret  Thomas Pinckney negotiated a treaty w/ Sp. ­ Mississippi river now open to U.S. navigation ­ Set boundary b/w U.S. and FL ­ Sp. agreed to these in fear of an alliance b/w G.B. and the U.S. ­ The Administration of John Adams  Washington was reluctant to serve a second term, but did when Jefferson and Hamilton  told him that no one else could hold the parties together  Washington refused to run for a 3  term ­> U.S. faces its first election  Washington’s farewell address 1796 ­ Social order + personal discipline ­ People have the right to alter the Constitution ­ Every individual responsible for obeying the gov’t  Hamilton = unable to run for presidency (born in West Indies) ­ Promotes Vice President John Adams ­> Federalists select him as candidate o Served in Continental Congress o On committee that drafted the Constitution o Representative to Fr. / helped negotiate peace treaty o Served 2 terms as VP  Adams received the majority of electoral votes (71) and became president  Jefferson received the second highest (68) and became vice president  (Pinckney received 59)  1799, Adams administration signs 3­way trade agreement b/w U.S., Fr., St. Dominguan  Fr. kick Pinckney (ambassador) out for U.S. aiding the island  Adams sends a group of 3, including Pinckney ­> XYZ Affair ­ Congress suspends trade w/ Fr. ­ U.S. seizes 80 Fr. ships ­> “Quasi War”, neither side declared war ­ 1800, U.S. and Fr. agree to stop ­ Adams needed $2 million for damages ­> each state had a portion to pay ­> taxes on  houses, land, and slaves ­ Western PA rioted ­> Adams sends 1,000 men ­> captures, then pardons the rebel  leaders  Alien and Sedition Act, 1798 ­ Targeted immigrants, seen as Democratic Republicans ­ President could deport any “aliens” and est. sedition – ending all D.R. criticism ­ ­> Madison (now retired from Congress) + Jefferson (VP) encouraged states to  pass resolutions denouncing the acts as unconstitutional ­> Virginia and Kentucky  Resolves ­ Election of 1800 now in favor of Democratic Republicans ­ Right before end of term, Judiciary Act of 1801 was passed o Adams had the power to appoint judges, justices of peace, attorneys, clerks,  and marshals o He filled them w/ Federalists and then left the office ­ Conclusion (p. 247) ­ Even as Americans fought over the terms of the new republic’s founding,  those terms began to change with the arising of new political parties.


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