Competing Visions: Federalists and Democratic-Republicans

Review Questions

Which of the following is not one of the rights the Bill of Rights guarantees?

  1. the right to freedom of speech
  2. the right to an education
  3. the right to bear arms
  4. the right to a trial by jury

Hint:

B

Which of Alexander Hamilton’s financial policies and programs seemed to benefit speculators at the expense of poor soldiers?

  1. the creation of a national bank
  2. the public credit plan
  3. the tax on whiskey
  4. the “Report on Manufactures”

Hint:

B

What were the fundamental differences between the Federalist and Democratic-Republican visions?

Hint:

Federalists believed in a strong federal republican government led by learned, public-spirited men of property. They believed that too much democracy would threaten the republic. The Democratic-Republicans, alternatively, feared too much federal government power and focused more on the rural areas of the country, which they thought were underrepresented and underserved. Democratic-Republicans felt that the spirit of true republicanism, which meant virtuous living for the common good, depended on farmers and agricultural areas.