Heated debates, slander, and disagreement are as defining of the construction of the country as democratic elections. Alexander Hamilton was perhaps the most volatile and contentious of the Founding Fathers. His upbringing played a significant role in how he responded to insults or perceived slights. Thomas Jefferson’s opposition to Hamilton is well documented, and analysis of their feud has been exhausted. Diametrically opposed, their views on the future of the country fueled the creation of political parties and led to the two men emerging as the figureheads of those respective parties.
The colonies were facing constant tyranny of the majority from Great Britain. This was due to a bombardment of many laws, taxes, and acts by the king and parliament that the colonies did not wish to obey anymore. The colonists in the United States of America felt that all of the things that Britain was asking for wasn’t fair. This was partly due to the fact that the colonists have no representatives in the British parliament and Britain was collecting taxes and money to reduce the debt for the French and Indian War. The first of these measures was The Stamp Act of 1765.
In any case, the general population of the two nations had diverse circumstances and had distinctive concerns, which impacted the way every revolution started, advanced, and finished. The American Revolution was the point at which the British settlements in America rebelled against British lead for being exhausted by individuals, not in any case living on their territory and picked up autonomy by toppling British supreme control under King George III. The French and American Revolution had similarities and some differences. The French Revolution and American Revolution were the examples of regular people defying their legislature. The French opposed their administration in a savage way, as did the Americans.
The colonies did not like being owned by another country. They wanted to break away from Britain and all of their rules. So, a very important group of people started meeting and coming up with the best ideas possible to put into the document declaring their freedom from Britain. Some of the people in this group included: Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Hancock, and many others who also played an influential role in U.S. history ("What Price Freedom - What Happened to the Signers of the American Declaration of Independence"). The Declaration served a major purpose.
Thomas Paine’s writings, Samuel Adams’ leadership, and boycotting British goods greatly altered Americans’ perception of Britain and brought about the Revolutionary War. Samuel Adams’ interpersonal skills of leadership, organization, and coordination boosted him to the forefront of the revolution. As people grew more and more tired of the laws England had placed upon them, Samuel Adams rose up voicing his opinions of the independence they desired. The principle that it was “lawful to resist the Supreme Magistrate, if the Commonwealth cannot be otherwise preserved,” (Samuel Adams, 1740) which was his Harvard college thesis, followed him throughout his entire career. He publicly defended these rights, organized the Sons of Liberty, and staged many protests.
In other words, the Federalists were worried they would lose their already set status when it came to society and the political world. Federalists were strict believers in what is stated in the constitution and questioned the legality in purchasing the Louisiana Territory. The Federalists believed that the Louisiana Purchase would only harm the community, not help them so they were against the purchase of the land. Jefferson, when contemplating the purchase of the land, needed to take what his people felt into consideration. He polled the representatives with the treaty passing with a 24-7
During the Revolutionary era, the birth of the U.S. Constitution gave way to the political divide between the two polarizing philosophies of Federalists and Anti-Federalists. After the economic pitfalls and decentralization the Articles of Confederation had left behind, action was taken to ameliorate its failures. With the creation of the Federalist party in by founder Alexander Hamilton, its members advocated for a stronger national government and defended the validity of the Constitution’s ratification. Contrarily, the Constitution was met with skepticism on behalf of the Anti-Federalists, who believed it would undermine state sovereignty and infringe upon their human rights. The two parties hailed from different socioeconomic backgrounds,
Hamilton soon became the leading cabinet member in the new government lead by George Washington. Hamilton supported a strong centralized government and Constitutional authority. In 1795 he returned to New York to practice law once again, during the time of running for Vice President and Governor he also called for mobilization against France, and became the Commander of the new army. Adams did not like this and called for a resolution without any fighting or war. Hamilton did not agree with all of Adam's ideas which lead to their defeat in the 1800 election, against Burr and Jefferson.
Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” published in the year 1866, made an impact on the views of many Americans and has carried out in the present day. Civil disobedience is the act of demonstrating non-violent protests. “All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable” (Thoreau). One of the main messages that Thoreau portrays from his essay, is that the citizens of a government have the right to act if they believe that the government is not governing properly. As Thoreau believes “That government is bets which governs not at all” (Thoreau).
Lectures Lecture 14 “Questions to Consider #1”: Why did the Anti Federalists object so strongly to the Preamble to the Constitution? The Anti-Federalists objected so strongly to Preamble to the Constitution due to the fact the Preamble establishes powers for the three branches of government, states’ relations, mode of amendment, debts, national supremacy, oath of office, and amendment ratification. This group felts as though when the federalists wanting to create a strong central government would not be strong enough if the Preamble was not put into place. Lecture 14 states, “Anti-federalists suspicious of central power fought the new Constitution tenaciously….. (1).” This group did not the Constitution did not properly state the rights and powers of the three branches of government, states’ rights, etc. In order to please the Anti-federalists, the Preamble was put into place to allow American citizens know the central government’s rights, and states’ rights.