John Adams: The Jay Treaty
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This clip illustrates the controversial nature of the Jay Treaty with Great Britain. The United States Congress votes to ratify the treaty, which normalized trade relations with Britain. President George Washington acknowledges that the treaty is not ideal but keeps the United States out of war.

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  1. Why does the Jay Treaty inspire such reactions?
  2. Why does the vote fall on John Adams?
  3. What is the popular reaction to the treaty?
  4. What is revealed about Washington's character in pursuing the treaty despite its controversial nature?

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  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands the challenges confronted by the government and its leaders in the early yea...
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    explain the origin and development of American political parties
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