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Hamilton and Jefferson Notes

  1. 1. Jefferson vs. Hamilton
  2. 2. Personal Background I was born in the West Indies. I am charming and ambitious. I served as an aide to Washington during the Revolutionary War. I was also a delegate during the Constitutional Convention.
  3. 3. Personal Background I was born into a wealthy family that owned a large plantation in Virginia. I inherited my family’s land and began a tobacco plantation. I wrote the Declaration of Independence.
  4. 4. Nature of Human Beings People are ignorant, selfish, and untrustworthy. People do not make decisions based on what is good for everyone.A small, sensible group of men must govern the people.
  5. 5. Nature of Human Beings People, when given enough information, are capable of making smart decisions. But power concentrated in the hands of a few leaders could be dangerous. The power of government should rest with the people so all interests are represented.
  6. 6. Ideal Economy An elite few should lead America’s economy. We should be an industrial economy. there should also be a national bank, which could tie the interests of business leaders to the federal government.
  7. 7. Ideal Economy The common man should be at the center of the economy. We should have a nation of small, independent farmers. Because people will be self-sufficient, the government won’t have to take an active role in the economy.
  8. 8. Best Type of Government I support a strong central government. Power should be given to the few men that have the talent to govern properly for the good of all the people. States would only focus on their own self-interest.
  9. 9. Best Type of Government The states should have more power. Government power should not be concentrated in one federal government, but it should be spread out among the states. States should also spread out decision-making power to their communities.
  10. 10. Relations with Britain and France I side with Britain. I respect Britain’s power and order, and I am shocked by the violence and chaos in France.
  11. 11. Relations with Britain and France I favor France over Britain. But I disagree with Citizen Genet, who has been sent to try and persuade our country to fight in the war against Britain.
  12. 12. <ul><li>“ I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground---that all powers not delegate [given] to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states, or to the people…” </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>“Our country is too large to have all affairs directed by a single government.” </li></ul>
  14. 14. “ All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are rich and well born; the other, the mass of people…The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a…permanent share in the government…they therefore will ever maintain good government.”
  15. 15. <ul><li>“The superiority…enjoyed by nations that have…perfected a branch of industry constitutes a…formidable obstacle.” </li></ul>