In this presentation, Present History shows the evolution of the federal union from the Articles of Confederation to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. This Advanced-Placement-level presentation traces the roles of Jefferson and Hamilton in the first significant debate over the loose and strict constructionist view of the new federal Constitution. It includes their arguments over the Bank of the U.S. and the Whiskey Rebellion, and it shows the emergence of the first political parties, the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. It includes the significance of the French Revolution, Washington's Neutrality Proclamation, Jay's and Pinckney's Treaties, the XYZ Affair, the Alien and Sedition Acts and the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, and the Election of 1800. It continues with events that challenge Jefferson's strict constructionist ideology. These include Marbury v. Madison, the Louisiana Purchase, the Embargo Act, and Madison's War of 1812. Although this is an AP US history presentation, it can easily be modified for all U.S. history courses. Be sure to check out "U.S. History Complete Set, Volume I" and "U.S. History Complete Set, Volume II" for all of Present History's U.S. history presentations.