Hamilton on the other hand, believed that the common people, or farmers, were foolish. He believed that the rich and educated should be the ones that rule. Because of these thoughts he wanted to raise voting qualifications to make sure that only the well-to-do could make the decisions. To Jefferson agriculture should be the backbone of the nation and trade and manufacturing did not deserve government aid. Like every other idea of Jefferson's, Hamiltons were the opposite.
This limiting of the federal government in the Jacksonian era is very similar to the limiting seen in the Populist Party. The Populist Party wanted to limit the federal government through the direct election of US Senators. This would reduce the power of state legislators and return to a more democratic style of election. The Jacksonian Democrats and the Populist Party were almost identical in their concerns about the American economy in their respective times. Jacksonians were heavily influenced by Thomas Jefferson in the way that they saw America becoming a great agrarian nation that would have little industry.
Those fears were unwarranted because the Constitution, did not allow the government to oppressed the citizens of the nation. Because of the checks and balances written in by the founding fathers. These checks and balance made sure that the government would always do what the will of the people wanted. Jefferson would not compromise and lobbied his policies instead. He even went as far as to say “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers…alone.
George Fitzhugh was a social reformer who sought to reveal the causes of poverty and inequality within society. Fitzhugh did not view redistribution of wealth as a solution to the existing poverty and inequality within society, with an imbalance being inevitable. He argues that while people should be able to both obtain and inspire to have wealth, it is the position of the government to allow for individuals to be more involved with the government and gain access to the fruits of their leighbor. As a pro-slavery southerner, Fitzhugh argues that the capitalist economic system of the north is insufficient compared to the slave based economy of the south. The concept of being able to gain access to the product of one’s work leads to Fitzhugh being a proponent of slave labor, which is seen when he states “The profits of slave labor are that portion
Reflecting upon “the complaints of farmers … the complaints of every class public creditors” and the “melancholy faces of … working people” the Federalists knew that they needed change, and that change should come in the form of a strong national government (Frazier 61). The Federalists, in order to combat the Anti-Federalists’ fears about the national government having too much power that could result in tyranny, proposed the idea of checks and balances. Thomas Jefferson, a man with the grand vision of liberty on his mind, supported the “organization of the government into Legislative, Judiciary and Executive” branches, because with the ability of each branch to restrict the other, the possibility of tyranny and a corrupt national government was drastically reduced (Jefferson
In “The Nullification Crisis”, Jackson proves to the people that he is a strong leader because he nullified the federal law. Jackson was a strong leader who wanted America to be a united nation under the Constitution, which would help keep democracy strong. In “The Trail of Tears”, Jackson removed the American Indians out of their territory to make more room for agriculture in the United States. This was an unkind act towards the American Indians, but he was right in his thinking because if he did not expand the United States to have that land, the United States would not be the united nation it is today, with its vast territory. Because Jackson showed his strong leadership and unity of the United States, that can conclude that Jackson promoted democracy during his presidency of the United
They didn’t support slavery and wanted more free states because they simply thought that slavery is wrong, which is completely true. Disagreeing with the idea of slavery didn’t affect the North’s economy because, their economy was based on factory work and manufacturing. So as an economy, ending slavery was something they all believed was the right thing to do, which is why they were considered to have free states. So the tension uprose with them at that point, once again. Without slavery the South’s economy wouldn’t survive, and the North wanted to end it because they felt that all men were created equal and having slavery wasn’t fulfilling that idea.
The war efforts emerged the government into the ideologies of socialism as they controlled the economy and production, as well as political movements. According the journalist Frederick Lewis Allen, he states, “We shall have to lay by our good-natured individualism and march in step” (282). Allen illustrates that the citizens are willing to obey the government by giving up their freedom of individualism. The citizens’ submissiveness can be manipulated by the government by further limiting their rights. For instance, the Wilson’s administration enabled The Sedition Act that made it illegal to utter, print, or publish any disloyal, profane, or abusive language about the government, in which the act is unconstitutional as it is against free speech and press (289).
The American public sphere purposely kept the discussion of bondage under wraps, but with tensions rising, it became a lot harder to oppress. Abolitions saw the depletion of slavery as a necessary step in order to secure the future of their nation, for the Declaration of Independence even condemned it (Foner 441). Viewing it as an unparalleled evil, a new wave of reforms in the
If the aristocrats cannot trust the common people in a united nation than are we really in a united nation? Here is a quote as evidence from our papers to give you a better understanding of what the aristocrats are doing. The federalists “have strived to overawe or seduce printers to stifle and obstruct a free discussion, and have endeavored to hasten it to a decision before the people can duty reflect upon its properties. In order to deceive them, they incessantly declare that none can discover any defect in the system but bankrupts who wish no government, and officers of the present government who fear to lose a part of their power. These zealous partisans may injure their own cause, and endanger the public tranquility by impeding a proper inquiry; the people may suspect the WHOLE to be a dangerous plan, from such COVERED and DESIGNING schemes to enforce it upon them….
Money and power ultimately drove Americans to war because each felt their way of life and survival was “the way.” The North relied upon industrial growth and believed in free labor for the expansion in the West. Whereas, the South’s survival was based upon agriculture, more prominently cotton. Thus, the risk of slavery being abolished by the Federal Government would be detrimental to their way of
Abraham Lincoln represented the North and Hannibal Hamlin represented the South. “Free Speech/Free Territories/Protect American Industry” (Doc 4). The North wanted free territories to not have slavery and didn’t believe in States’ Rights and cared more about their factories. The South wanted free territories to become slave states and believed in States’ Rights. One of the many rationales for the South leaving is because of their discrepancies in politics.
As the exporters of raw materials the southerners were afraid that a government ran by a monarchy system would raise taxes on raw materials and destroy their economy. This would make the southern states according to Bruns “nothing more than overseers
Blacks faced inequality and injustice in society. Howard Zinn said, “Those upper classes, to rule, needed to make concessions to the middle class, without damage to their own wealth or power, at the expense of slaves, Indians, and poor whites. This bought loyalty.” Why don’t the proprietors negotiate the land with the middle class in Europe? The proprietors confiscated their land for money and possessions. Howard Zinn described the land owner’s plan as inefficient and incompetent.
The economy changed as well, due to the revolution, because of the war period there was respect for debt, taxes and agriculture. The direction for the development of economic growth was still a quarrel between the North and the South. A good example for the Northern view point on economic growth is Alexander Hamilton. Alexander advocated for the development of an economy based on industry with a central focus on urban growth. However, Anti-Federalists or, the Southern viewpoint, thought it best to have an agrarian society that contained large slave populations.