Essay on Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton

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There were many men involved in the establishment of the government, the laws regulating states and people, and individual rights in the construction of the United States of America. Two men stand out as instrumental to our founding principles: Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. Thomas Jefferson was an educated, articulate and accomplished man from a well-respected family. He had a great understanding of farming and of the relationship between man and his environment, working diligently to balance the two for the best interest of each. He “considered himself first and always a man of the land” (Jewett, 2005). His vision of the New World was of true, idealistic freedom with limited government involvement; an educated farmer, a…show more content…
As an example, in his efforts to establish a central national bank and raise desperately needed capital for the new republic, Hamilton encountered opposition from James Madison as “he could find no basis in the Constitution for a National Bank” (Tindall Shi, 2010). Thomas Jefferson further argued that the Tenth Amendment reserves to the states and the people powers not delegated by Congress (Tindall & Shi, 2010). “Hamilton insisted that the power to charter corporations was included in the sovereignty of any government, whether or not expressly stated” (Tindall & Shi, 2010). Hamilton’s powers of persuasion led to the signing of the bill by President George Washington. “By doing so, in Jefferson’s words, the president had opened up “a boundless field of power,” which in coming years would lead to a further broadening of implied powers with the approval of the Supreme Court” (Tindall & Shi, 2010). In complete and total contrast to Hamilton, Jefferson, a Democratic Republican, took the Constitution as the letter of the law. He “feared tyranny” (Tindall & Shi, 2010) and believed the educated, common man was the best candidate for governing himself. Thomas Jefferson “feared that the unlimited expansion of commerce and industry would produce a large class of propertyless wage laborers dependent upon others for their
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