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The Age of Federalism$
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Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195093810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093810.001.0001

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Adams and Hamilton

Adams and Hamilton

(p.581) Chapter XIII Adams and Hamilton
The Age of Federalism

Stanley Elkins

Eric McKitrick

Oxford University Press

The year 1798 was for John Adams both the highest and lowest, the best and the worst, of his entire presidency. It began in a state of partisan malaise and division of purpose, followed by a tremendous soaring of patriotic unity, in turn undermined by a steady intrusion of new discontents and an ebbing away once more of national feeling. This same period would see the return to public life of Alexander Hamilton, with consequences profoundly significant for the fortunes of Federalism. Whatever the degree of attention France may have been paying to signals coming from America between the summer of 1797 and the beginning of March 1798, those signals could spell but a single message: disunity. By the end of the year 1797, Consul Philippe Joseph Létombe could assure Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord that Republican influence was rising. The Americans, it appeared, were more disunited and disaffected about their government than ever.

Keywords:   John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Federalism, disunity, Philippe Joseph Létombe, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, France

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