The Presidents and Precedents unit covers two to three days of class time (suggested) and begins with a discussion of the three primary contributions made by George Washington to the American Presidential tradition, followed by an examination of how our First Party system arose out of the bitter rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. The unit closes with a look at John Adams and the hard-fought election of 1800. Time period: 1789 through 1800.
The Presidents and Precedents unit contains three day-long sections:
the Washington section covers the contributions of our first President.
the First Parties section explains the differences between the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans.
the Election of 1800 looks at the rivalry between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
Go to each section's home page to see a further breakdown into daily lesson plans, along with primary source material and other resources.