Hamilton Vs Jefferson Analysis

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DBQ Hamilton v. Jefferson George Washington has said in his farewell address that forming political parties would end up dividing the nation in half because the country would be forced to pick a side and instead being a single unified nation. However Thomas Jefferson nor did Alexander Hamilton listen to the powerful advice of George Washington and they ended up forming their own political parties. Both Jefferson and Hamilton had different ideologies during the nineteenth century however one of their ideologies were best fitted for the early eighteenth century. This one individual is none other than Alexander Hamilton; his philosophy inspired and paved the path towards the success of America and his ideologies confirmed the validity of his…show more content…
However many if not all of the democratic republicans’ opposed this idea and thought it was unconstitutional to pass something that was not stated in the constitution. However Hamilton makes his point very clear when says, “It is that which declares that the constitution and the laws of the United States made in pursuance of it, and all treaties made…under the authority shall be the supreme law of the land” (Document B). This not only shows that by passing the national bank into action are constitutional, but also it falls right under the constitution. Hamilton believing more into the loose construction of the constitution he was willing to “bend” the laws of the constitution if it meant that the nation would be flourishing and there would be no negative effect on the nation itself. He then further enhanced his point by saying, “To bring proof to a proposition so clear, as that which affirms that the powers of the federal government, as to which the objects, were sovereign, there is a clause of the constitution which would be decisive.” (Document B). Hamilton’s quote shows that the separation of power that Jefferson is worried about is misguided because the constitution actually separates the powers equally amongst the federal government as well as the states. Even though the…show more content…
One major mistake was the passing of the Alien and Sedition acts. John Adams thinking that the laws would help control the amount of traitors/spies from foreign countries, and help protect America from propagandists and mainly the Democratic-Republicans. For example in document F it says, “If any person shall write, print, utter, or publish, or shall cause or procure to be written, printed, false scandalous writing against the government… shall be punished by fine,,, and imprisonment” (Document F). This went against the first amendment from the constitution however Hamilton with John Adams thought that by passing the laws they would be protecting the nation. Even though this was a major mistake committed by them Jefferson makes a very similar mistake as stated in document C, “In strangers unused to think freely and to speak and to write what they think; but is being now decided by the voice of the nation.” (Document C). Jefferson who states that he is the supporter of the common men he goes against them by denying that are appropriate for the task of governing the entire nation. So even both men with intelligent philosophies made mistakes that cost them dearly however that doesn’t exactly mean one mistake tarnishes their whole
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