Editor says, what if Federalists had assassinated Thomas Jefferson? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality there was no assassination attempt, and Jeffersonians controlled the Democratic-Republicans for more than a decade. The Federalist Party imploded after the humiliation of attempting to find a separate peace with Great Britain after the War of 1812 had ended, and the Era of Good Feelings began when America had only one major political party in the D-R's. It came to an end, however, as the new Whig party formed with many old Federalists, and Jacksonian Democrats fought to stop big government, such as the National Bank. The United States would largely be dominated by two political parties, Democrats and the heir to Whigs, Republicans, in the centuries to come. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.