The Rise of Political Parties and the Era of Jefferson
THEMATIC FOCUS Politics and Power (PCE)
Debates fostered by social and political groups about the role of government in American social, political, and economic life shape government policy, institutions, political parties, and the rights of citizens.
Learning Objective B
Explain the causes and effects of policy debates in the early republic
In the early 1800s, national political parties continued to debate issues such as the tariff, powers of the federal government, and relations with European powers.
Supreme Court decisions established the primacy of the judiciary in determining the meaning of the Constitution and asserted that federal laws took precedence over state laws.
Following the Louisiana Purchase, the U.S. government sought influence and control over North America through a variety of means, including exploration and diplomatic efforts.