Founding Brothers

What were the issues surrounding the riftand how did the rift reflect the growing divide amongst the revolutionary generation (especially

A rift developed between Jefferson and Adams over the proper role of government and the "monarchical principle."

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 Adams was a Federalist And Jefferson was a Republican. Adams wanted a strong central government controlled by a powerful president. Jefferson wanted popular rule: he distrusted powerful elite institutions like an omnipotent (monarchical) central government. The biggest fallout came when Adams past the Alien and Sedition Acts which severely restricted basic American freedoms.