The Federalist and Republican parties, first formed in 1790, differed on most major issues, and although they did agree that liberty for the American people was paramount, their views were polarized when it came to how much impact such liberty should have on government. Federalists believed that the electorate held too much sway over government, while Republicans believed state power should be limited.Continue Reading
While both parties differed on almost every topic of debate, there were a number of points that defined the conflict between them.
In general, Federalist support was centered around New England, with a small minority of support in Southern states. Republicans held the most influence in the South, especially in Virginia, although some scattered support could be found in New England.Learn more about US History