Analyze the contributions of Washing and Jefferson in helping establish a stable government after the adoption of the Constitution.

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In 1789, the first person was elected to become the first president of the United States of America under the Constitution. The first person was Washington. Following Washington years later was the third president, Jefferson. The first few presidents of the United States contributed to establish a stable government after the adoption of the Constitution. They stabilized the government through international affairs and internal affairs.

Washington contributed to the stability of the government through internal affairs. One such series of affairs started out through the Hamilton's Fiscal Plan. Because of the Fiscal Plan, which was made to stabilize the economy, was the reason for the Whiskey rebellion. What Washington did was take out the rebellion. He used federal force to push the rebellion down under. Through that event, it showed the nation the federal power that the government had and therefore strengthens it. Washington also established the judiciary branch and its power through the Judiciary Act of 1789.

This strengthened the judicial branch of the government making the government more rounded and stronger internally.

Similarly, Washington also strengthened the stability of the government through international affairs. One such event would be the conflict with Britain and France in 1793. France wanted the US to side with them because of the Franco-American Alliance in 1778; however, Washington didn't want to get involved with other nations' problems. Washington declared the Neutrality Proclamation in 1793. This kept the US out of any conflict. This neutrality would be the basis of all of the US's foreign policy for the next hundred years.

Like Washington, Jefferson also aided in the stability of the government under the Constitution through internal affairs. One internal affair that Jefferson's term of office went through was the Marbury vs. Madison Case of 1803. The resolution of this conflict strengthened...