Chapter Eight: Launching the new Nation
Follow the fortunes of the nascent nation as the government of George Washington tries to keep the ship of state afloat in a sea of snarling European despots who want to see the American experiment fail. Learn how Washington handled dissent and the creation of political parties which challenged his authority. Hear how Washington's successor, John Adams, solved this problem in a way that actually guaranteed resistance to his authority. Learn about Alexander Hamilton's audacious plans for creating a unified national economy. Discover the two contending schools of thought on how to interpret the meaning of the Constitution, then hear how Thomas Jefferson, Adam's successor in the Presidency, had to sacrifice principle to expediency to govern in the national interest. Watch as he bludgeons the barbaric Barbary Pirates into submission in the East while in the West he buys Louisiana from Napoleon, doubling the size of the country, entirely on his own authority and without the permission of Congress. Come along as Jefferson's successor, James Madison, takes on the recalcitrant British in the western territories, who refused to leave according to the terms of the Peace of Paris, thus setting the stage for the War of 1812, the American's second war for independence from Great Britain. This file is 1 hr. 50 min. in length and 100 MB in size. You may download it twice. Give it plenty of time to do so.