Two Parties Emerge
The 1st election of 1796
Federalists thought they were "friends of order" and had a good form of government. They viewed the Republicans as dangerous people who would summon the anarchy of the French Revolution to America. The Democratic-Republicans weren't fans of the Federalist views. "According to one Republican-minded New York newspaper, the Federalists were "aristocrats, endeavoring to lay the foundations of monarchical government, and Republicans were the real supporters of independence, friends to equal rights, and warm advocates of free elective government.""
Together they became our leaders
There was little room for compromise here. The out come of the first election said that both sides was close. New England liked Adams, while Jefferson was more liked by the southern states. The mid-Atlantic colonies where party organizations were the most fully developed. Finally Adams ended up winning. John Adams took office. His political opponent Jefferson served as second in command.