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Our Early Presidents… Day 1 Miss Springborn- Team 6
The First Five… 1. George Washington 1789-1797 2. John Adams 1797-1801 3. Thomas Jefferson 1801-1809 4. James Madison 1809-1817 5. James Monroe 1817-1825
George Washington- #1 Elected as our first president of United States He was a great leader and well respected hero of the American Revolution Americans felt he had a strong character, was honest, and full of patriotism. Perfect role model for new nation
Important People that helped Washington… Vice President- John Adams Secretary of Treasury- Alexander Hamilton Secretary of State- Thomas Jefferson Secretary of War- Henry Knox Attorney General- Edmund Randolph First Lady/Wife- Martha Washington
Events from Washington’s Presidency… 1789- Congress passes the Judiciary Act Creates the Supreme Court Creates a federal court system for nation with three levels Washington makes John Jay the first Supreme Court Chief Justice (head judge)
Hamilton’s great idea… We are in debt from the war and need to find a way to cover our taxes Hamilton believes we need a National Bank to stabilize our economy and help with debt 1791- Congress agrees and charters the Bank of the United States The bank received taxes, was a place for deposits, loaned out money for development, and issued our paper money
The Great Divide… How to interpret the Constitution. Should we take it word for word exactly as written? For example “The sky is blue,” therefore the sky must always be blue, never gray, yellow, dark blue, etc… OR, should we interpret the meaning of what the constitution says? For example “Be home before 9” could mean be home at 8:30 or 8:45 or even 8:59. Exact meaning vs. Interpreted meaning
Loose vs. Strict People divided into two groups Loose Constructionist believed that the government can take any reasonable actions that the Constitution does not specifically forbid it from taking i.e. create a bank Strict Constructionist believed that the government should do only what the Constitution specifically says it can do
Two points of view… Some loose constructionists were Alexander Hamilton, John Adams Some strict constructionists were James Madison, Thomas Jefferson
“Necessary and Proper clause” In the Constitution is says that congress has the power to “make all laws that are necessary and proper” for governing the nation How would you interpret that????
WE ARE NOT INVOLVED… 1793- The French Revolution begins (similar to the American Revolution) French want our help…What to do??? 1793- Proclamation of Neutrality issued by Washington Told the world that the United States would NOT take sides with countries at war Washington thought this would be safe for such a young country
Should the United States have helped out the French? Think about the American Revolution and how they helped us…
Britain is after us again!!! British start taking over our ships of goods heading to the French West Indies They threaten our neutrality…What to do??? John Jay heads to Britain to try and avoid war 1794- Jay’s Treaty signed British will pay damages for goods they took United States agreed to pay back pre-war debts still owed
Spain is mad at us now… Spain disputes their border with us They closed the port of New Orleans BAD!!! We need to use this port for trading!!! Thomas Pinckney goes to Spain and to help. 1795- Pinckney treaty agreed upon Spain reopened New Orleans for us We agreed to change our border with Florida
Washington says goodbye… Washington decides NOT to run for a third term, he says he is a President, not a King 1796/1797- Washington’s Farwell Address- He warns the United States against.. 1. Foreign Entanglements- STAY NEUTRAL and out of foreign problems 2. Political Parties- STAY UNITED, don’t get split apart
Lasting effects of Washington’s Presidency… PRECEDENTS- an action or a decision that serves as an example for later generations Big precedents set by Washington… 1. Created a Cabinet of Advisors… every president after him does this too 2. Only serves 2 terms as president …”I am not a king, only a president. The people are the country’s true leaders”
Second President- John Adams Ran for the Federalist Party and wins a narrow victory over Jefferson Thomas Jefferson is elected as his vice president even though he is from a different political party, the Democratic-Republicans Many saw him as hard working, honest, and intelligent.
XYZ Affair… (nothing to do with pants) 1798- French officials (aka X,Y, and Z) tried to bribe our American diplomats on a peace seeking mission. Adams feared war might break out over this incident Adams does create a large navy and army but is able to avoid war over this insult
Alien and Sedition Acts … not from Mars or Venus In response to the incident with France and a possible war Congress passed this law in 1798 that said 1. President could remove any foreign resident for “treasonous behavior” 2. Made it illegal for citizens to “write, print, utter, or publish” any false or hostile words against the government or its politics 3. Citizens could not plot against any government actions
What is wrong with the Alien and Sedition Acts? Do you think they are fair?
Wait a minute!!! Keep thinking … How does the Alien and Sedition Acts violate the Bill of Rights?
Election of 1800- Big Issues… Adams runs for re-election, Jefferson, Burr, and Pinckney run against him. Jefferson and Burr won 73 electoral votes each while Adams won 65 and Pinckney won 64. TIE FOR PRESIDENT… WHAT TO DO???
How do we handle this??? There was nothing in the Constitution about what to do… So they sent the issue to the House of Representatives for a vote which resulted in another tie…and for 30 more times after that!! Finally, so many people refused to vote overall and Jefferson ended up winning Because of this the 12 th amendment was passed in 1803 creating a separate ballot for President and Vice President to avoid ties
Third President- Thomas Jefferson Jefferson was a Democratic- Republican Party Candidate…believes in less government control over issues Wanted the people to be in charge Wanted to be fair
Important people for Jefferson… Secretary of State- James Madison Chief Justice of Supreme Court- John Marshall Rival- Alexander Hamilton
1803- Marbury vs. Madison VERY IMPORTANT CASE!!! Established Judicial Review… gave the Supreme court its power of declaring laws unconstitutional. What Happens… Marbury sues Madison saying that he Madison illegally stopped Marbury from getting his job as a federal judge as was his right under the Judicial Act of 1789 The court rules that the Judicial Act was WRONG and did not follow the Constitution therefore it was invalid or illegal This is the FIRST time the supreme court has done this
1803- Louisiana Purchase- Land anyone??? France needs money to fight a war and offers to sell us some land This DOUBLES the size of the United States and gives us the control of the Mississippi and Port of New Orleans for trade Jefferson is able to purchase the land owned by France at the price of $15 million dollars This is called the LOUSIANA PURCHASE
Some fun facts… What cost $15,000,000 million in 1803 would now cost $204,768,579.15 TODAY in 2009. It came down to less than 3 CENTS and ACRE!!!! An acre is about ¾ of a football field… imagine all that land for less than 3 CENTS!!!
Time to go exploring… Jefferson commissions the Corp of Discovery in 1804 to go and explore our new land. Expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, famous native guide Sacagawea (a female) It took 3 years to travel from St. Lewis to the Pacific Ocean, creating maps and discovering new animals and tribes along the way
Think about it… Why did Jefferson buy the Louisiana Purchase even though the Constitution did not give him this power?
1807- Embargo Act… Good or bad idea? Passed in 1807 and banned all trade with foreign countries It was meant to hurt British and French merchants Wanted to stop the illegal seizures of American ships by the British Who do you think really got hurt???
1809- Congress says… Let’s try that again They get rid of the Embargo act and instead create the Non- Intercourse Act of 1809 that banned trade only with Britain, France and their colonies. ( a little better I guess?)
Meanwhile out on the Frontier… nothing to write on this slide… The Native American tribes are starting to threaten American power It boils over at the Battle of Tippecanoe on November 7 th, 1811 when Natives attack a camp of Americans In response, the American forces destroy the native village, crushing their support of further attacks
The British are at it again… Many thought the British were behind the native attacks on the frontier and called for war James Madison, elected president in 1808, spoke to Congress in early 1812 urging them to declare war on Britain. The “War Hawks” gained support in Congress and were able to get a declaration of war against Great Britain in early June of 1812
Why do you think Britain kept antagonizing (going after) the United States after the American Revolution? Think about it…
Coming Attractions… The War of 1812…The British are at it again!