Hamilton Vs Thomas Jefferson Essay

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During Thomas Jefferson’s time under George Washington as Secretary of State, he opposed every idea of Hamilton, secretary of state for treasury at the time. Their differences resulted into the first political parties, the democratic republicans and the Federalists. Hamilton had Washington’s ear on all the ideas he proposed, everything from the economy, foreign policy, the constitution, and national security. When Jefferson became president in 1801 one would think he would undo all that Washington had done but he very much adopted a lot of Hamilton’s ideas. Economically, Jefferson continued to maintain a federal Bank as opposed to state run banks he had formerly proposed. He maintained assumption; the assumed debts of the…show more content…
Jefferson wasn’t happy with neutrality. He wanted an alliance with the french because he felt they owed them a favor for helping the United States during the revolutionary war. During Jefferson’s time in office he also decides to stay neutral. The two warring nations unhappy with his decision began impressing American sailors and closing ports to foreign trade including American vessels. There was no way of trading with either nation without encountering the other. Many of the estimated 60,000 US citizens impressed by the British were either killed or died. Jefferson felt that the importance of America was been ignored and therefore enacted the Embargo Act passed by the congress in 1807. He knew that the conflicting nations depended on the United States for raw materials so forbidding all exports to foreign countries would make them realize the United States’ worth. The O grab me act as it was later named by the federalist hurt the united sates especially the New England area more than those it was meant to hurt. There was an influx of goods with nobody to purchase, some people even tried smuggling goods to sell to the forbidden nations. On the positive side it was the beginning of the industrial revolution and American self
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