The Differences Between Alexander Hamilton And Thomas Jefferson

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The main differences between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson lie behind what they thought the principle of government was. According to Hamilton, government was needed to protect individual liberties. Hamilton was the leader of the Federalist Party also known as the Hamiltonians, who strongly supported his ideas. They believed in order for Americans to be free they needed a strong central government ran by well-educated people such as Hamilton himself, to protect individual liberty. “He advocated a strong central government, and refused to be bound by the strict wording of the constitution” (PG. 159). Hamilton was concerned about the role of people who would shape public policy, he distrusted common man. Hamilton also pushed for industrial potential. He brought up a plan with three reports, public credit to issue debt, national banking, and encourage manufactures. The leader of anti-Federalists, or also known as the Republicans or Jeffersonians, were led by Thomas Jefferson. “On almost every detail Jefferson challenged Hamilton’s analysis” (PG. 160). The anti-Federalists were skeptical of Hamilton’s plan. They did not like it because they felt only the rich would own government, just like Britain. Jeffersonians feared tyranny, while Hamilton was trying to create a “self-selecting meritocracy” (Mr. Toodle). Jefferson believed the purpose of government was to create social change. He insisted the strength of American economy lies not on industrial potential but on…

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