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  •  I'm reading "Perilous Times" (none)
    by Geoffrey Stone right now.  The war hysteria of the 1790's enabled the Federalists to dominate American politics for a while, to push through the Alien and Sedition Acts, and even to have hopes of eliminating the Jeffersonian Republicans and creating national "unanimity" (Hamilton used the word in a letter of the time).

    It didn't work out that way.  Revulsion at the policies led to Jefferson's winning the presidency in 1800, and to the gradual extinction of the Federalist Party over the next one or two decades.

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