Why Did Hamilton And Jefferson Get Along?

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Why couldn’t Hamilton and Jefferson get along?

Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1775 in Nevis, British West Indies and Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743, Shadwell, VA. They both grew up on plantations and had families and siblings. However, Jefferson had nine siblings while Hamilton only had his younger brother James A. Hamilton. The two men had a great adoration for reading and were brilliant. They were phenomenal writers and had many famous works. They were both a part of the founders and the two were in Washington’s cabinet. Even though they had a few similarities, the two could not be more contrasting. Once in Washington’s cabinet, the tension began and only escalated as time went on. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson were destined enemies because they originated from differing backgrounds, economic ideals, and politics, which played a large role in them not being able to get along.

Hamilton and Jefferson’s backgrounds helped shape their thoughts and ideals that would later be a contributing factor of their rivalry. Alexander Hamilton’s father was a French nobleman who had left to tend to a sugar plantation in an attempt to attain wealth but prosperity never came. Hamilton grew up with hardships, his father abandoned him and his mother died when he was very young. Life for young Hamilton was difficult and impoverished. From this, his independency grew and he found work. He was so astute he could even run the business,

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