Democracy and Dissent

  • Constitution signed

    Constitution signed
    The constitution of the United States is signed
  • Period: to


  • George Washington innaugurated

    George Washington innaugurated
    George Washington becomes President of the United States with John Adams as vice president.
  • Funding and Assumption approved

    Funding and Assumption approved
    Congress approves Hamilton's plan for funding and assumption
  • Bank of the United States chartered

    Bank of the United States chartered
    The bank would own millions of dollars of new U.S. bonds and would be tied directly to the strength of the federal government.
  • Report on Manufactures rejected

    Report on Manufactures rejected
    Hamilton's report on manufactures defeated in the House of Reps
  • Genet Affair

    Genet Affair
    Relations with France are strained when Edmund Genet tries to turn Americans against the government
  • Proclamation of Neutrality

    Proclamation of Neutrality
    Issued by Washington. Declared America neutral in the conflict between France and Britain.
  • Jay's Treaty

    Jay's Treaty
    Washington's final effort to preserve peace with Britain. Jay was not successful in getting Britain to accept the U.S.'s position on neutrality
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    A group of farmers in western Pennsylvania protested a federal exise tax on distilled whiskey
  • Battle of Fallen Timbers

    Battle of Fallen Timbers
    General Anthony Wayne defeats Indians. Compelled them to sign Treaty of Greenville
  • Pinckney's Treaty

    Pinckney's Treaty
    Officials in Madrid offered Thomas Pickney the opening of the Mississippi, the right to deposit goods in New Orleans without paying duties, and a secure boundary on the 31 paralllel.
  • Washington's Farewell Address

    Washington's Farewell Address
    Washington formally declared his intention to retire from his presidency, warned against all political factions, and conseled the US to avoid making permanent alliances with nations
  • John Adams Elected President

    John Adams Elected President
    John Adams beat Jefferson, the republican candidate. There was strong tension between Federalists and Republicans.
  • XYZ Affair

    XYZ Affair
    Diplomatic event that strained relations between France and the United States. France demanded a bribe to neggotiate.
  • Alien and Sedition Acts Passed

    Alien and Sedition Acts Passed
    A series of bills passed to crush the dissent of the Republicans, major crisis over civil liberties
  • Quasi War

    Quasi War
    The unofficially declared war between France and the United States when French privateers began seizing American ships.
  • Kentucky Resolution

    Kentucky Resolution
    Written by Jefferson. Stated that the Alien and Sedition Acts were unconstitutional and should be repealed.
  • Virginia Resolution

    Virginia Resolution
    Written by Madison urging the states to defend the rights of the American people
  • Convention of Mortefontaine

    Convention of Mortefontaine
    Signed with France to end the Quasi War
  • Election of Thomas Jefferson

    Election of Thomas Jefferson
    Downfall of Federalist party, peaceful revolution