Connecting the President and the People: Washington's Neutrality, Genet's Challenge, and Hamilton's Fight for Public Support

  title={Connecting the President and the People: Washington's Neutrality, Genet's Challenge, and Hamilton's Fight for Public Support},
  author={Chris J. Young},
  journal={Journal of the Early Republic},
  pages={435 - 466}
  • C. Young
  • Published 11 August 2011
  • Political Science, History
  • Journal of the Early Republic
As the French Revolution intensified with the execution of King Louis XVI in 1793, so did the American public's interest in foreign affairs. Since President George Washington seized the initiative in foreign affairs (rather than Congress, as was expected by many at the time), the executive became the focal point of the developing relationship between the American public and the newly established federal government. The events centered on the Washington administration and the French Minister… 

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