Lead:  One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is A House Divided.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The founders of the United States felt that political parties were abhorrent. George Washington feared partisanship would lead to division and political gridlock though many in his administration identified themselves as members of the Federalist Party. In The Federalist Papers Alexander Hamilton and James Madison warned against the dangers of factional politics, yet Hamilton became the quintessential Federalist and Madison soon identified himself before and after the White House with Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party. For all these early warnings, Americans, as did their leaders, quickly divided into political factions.

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