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First Two-Party System?Federalists v. Republicans, 1780s - 1801 Federalists Republicans Favored strong central government. "Loose" interpretation of the Constitution. Encouragement of commerce and manufacturing. Strongest in Northeast. Favored close ties with Britain. Emphasized order and stability. Emphasized states' rights. "Strict" interpretation of the Constitution. Preference for agriculture and rural life. Strength in South and West. Foreign policy sympathized with France. Stressed civil liberties and trust in the people [In practice, these generalizations were often blurred and sometimes contradicted.] Second Two-Party System?Democrats v. Whigs, 1836 - 1850 Democrats Whigs The party of tradition. Looked backward to the past.

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