Lyon-Griswold Dispute, Congress, 1798

 Lyon-Griswold Dispute, Congress, 1798

This cartoon shows two members of Congress resorting to physical violence to resolve a political dispute in 1798, during a period of particular discord between the two primary political factions. On the left is Republican Matthew Lyon brandishing a weapon, while Federalist Roger Griswold does the same on the right. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photo Division)

Thought Questions

  1. What were the fundamental differences between the Federalists and the Jeffersonian Republicans?
  2. Were relations between the two parties generally as contentious as this cartoon illustrates?


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