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Anonymous Six History 67 William Cutler 2/28/00
Special Topic; Origins of Political Parties Both Hamilton and Jefferson have been known to be great leaders. Both leaders were able to run the country with few political and social similarities. Hamilton on one hand advocated a strong central government and refused to abide by the exact wording of the constitution. Hamilton who played a major role in the revolution was known to many to still have large degree of British pride. This is evident in the way he always pushed to establish commercial ties with the mother country. “Both Hamilton and Jefferson insisted they were working for the creation of a strong, prosperous republic, one in which commerce would play an important role”(Chap. 7, Democracy and Distress).
Hamilton, unlike Jefferson placed his faith in the wealthy class in belief that if they country were to prosper it would be due to their economic self-interest. Jefferson against Hamilton's theory believed that the faith should placed not only in the wealthy but the common people. Jefferson advocated that the strength of the economy lay not in its industrial powers but in its agricultural productivity. Jefferson did not believe that we should all just be farmers but he felt if they were able to be able to produce enough product they could export for items that they usually would have to access to. Jefferson “instinctively trusted the people, feared that uncontrolled government power might destroy their liberties and insisted public officials follow the letters of the constitution. These officials Jefferson believed were the greatest threat to the young republic. These officials Jefferson felt were more interested in the their personal property rather than the rights of the people. Through many differences Hamilton and Jefferson both worked the best they could in light of the progress of the young republic.