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1789
1796
1801

Washington stepped down from presidential office in 1796. His farewell speech emphasized the following:

  • The dangers of entangling alliances.
  • The benefits of remaining friendly with all other nations.
  • The dangers of political parties.
  • The strength of the constitution & amendments.
  • The dangers of debt.

Now, it's time to say goodbye...

But how will it look?

It's America's first
PEACEFUL
transfer of power.

(Most countries don't do it peacefully on the first try.)

ELECTION

Adams vs. Jefferson
also, some other guys...

Here's the funny thing about elections in 1796...

When you win, the guy in second
place becomes your Vice President.

Adams was a Federalist
(wants to use federal power for good)
Jefferson was a Democratic-Republican
(wants to limit federal power)

No, not related to today's political parties.

the xyz affair

The French tried to charge us a $250,000 bribe
just to talk to their foreign minister

Also, can France borrow $12 million?

Oh yeah?

MILLIONS FOR DEFENSE,
BUT NOT ONE CENT FOR TRIBUTE!

The people want war,
But Adams won't support it.
He's too busy with....

The Alien and
Sedition Acts

1798

Guess what? The people hate it.

You're telling me -
you already passed a law that violates the first amendment?

Kentucky and Virginia
to the rescue

The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions

The states don't really have the power to do that...
But it shows that we built a country that can argue with its government.

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