Differences Between Hamilton And Jefferson Essay

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Both Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were prominent members of society during the era after the revolution. Yet while these two men came from similar backgrounds and both believed in liberty and independence, neither of the two men could stand each other. This was mainly due to the fact that the two men had radically different views on various subjects, and neither was willing to give up or alter their view. Alexander Hamilton, one of the most important people of the time, was the first Secretary of the Treasury. Utilising federal power to modernize the nation, he convinced Congress to use an elastic interpretation of the Constitution to pass laws that Jefferson deemed unconstitutional. These laws included federal assumption of …show more content…
They took the words of the Constitution at face value, and did not try to interpret any hidden connotation of the Constitution.
For instance, when it came to the National Bank of the United States of America, Hamilton believed that it was constitutional to authorize it because what the “Constitution did not forbid it permitted” (Pageant 195). Yet Jefferson believed the opposite, since “there was not specific authorization in the Constitution” (Pageant 195) for the bank, the bank should not be authorized. Hamilton’s view on this was based on the “elastic clause”, which stated that Congress would receive the power “to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.” The elastic clause allowed for Hamilton’s loose-constructionist views, which allowed the judiciary to determine the meaning of the something not only in terms of law, but also in the intent. The opposing view was of Jefferson’s strict-constructionist stance which allowed only for a judicial interpretation according to the law. However, Hamiltonian philosophy advocated a strong central gvoernment that could put down edcesses of democratic actions like Shays’s Rebellion. Hamilton’s philosophy also facvored the rich and tried to protect the purses of the

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