The Jay Treaty Debate and the Evolving Culture of Politics in the Early Republic

The Jay Treaty debate did more than simply solidify partisan divisions in the new nation--it altered the entire political universe with which the nascent parties operated.

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Using the 1795-96 debate over the Jay Treaty between the U.S. and Great Britain, this lecture examines the ways both supporters and opponents of the treaty worked to shape and activate public opinion. It also examines the ways that public opinion came to be recognized as both a real presence and a legitimate one in the young nation’s emerging democratic (but not yet Democratic) politics and political culture.


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