Thomas Jefferson’s and Alexander Hamilton’s viewpoints during the 1790’s and the 1800’s were very different but sort of similar. Jefferson wanted the government to be run by the people of the U.S. while Hamilton wanted the wealthy class to run it, Jefferson wanted strong state government, Hamilton wanted strong federal government. But one thing that stood out to the people was Hamilton wanted a loose/lenient interpretation of the constitution as Jefferson wanted a strict one. During the 1700’s-1800’s, despite the fact Philadelphia was the nation’s temporary capital, U.S. Congress met difficulties and fears that tested the strength of the Constitution and the republic it built. The nation had a few domestic issues of finance, taxation, and slavery that separated the delegates into unpleasant political groups which caused international relations disagreements and second thoughts.
(Document 8) George Washington stated that the people should have a say in the nation and government and everything should not be left to the government to decide. (Document 3) Although George Washington was a Federalist many believed he showed a point of view that seemed to be Anti-Federalists. Many believed that The Bill of Rights needed to be changed and modified and a new document’s time to come into place. As it was definitely difficult to do so, the Constitution was ratified in
Both parties had America’s best interest at heart, however Hamilton and the Federalists’ ideas concerning the economy, interpretation of the Constitution, and the future of American society made them more fit for governing the United States. Hamilton’s understanding of a successful economy allowed him to make decisions that would benefit the country. As discussed in source one, Alexander Hamilton created a uniform currency and an economic plan that would assume state debts and make them federal debts. From there on, he created a national bank; in source three Hamilton states, “...[The Democratic Republicans] were determined to oppose the banking system, which would ruin the credit and honor of the Nation”, as he clearly has the nation’s best interest at heart. The Democratic Republican feared corruption, but they overlooked that their rights are protected in the Constitution and that their
A third more radical group supported by Samuel Adams and John Adams favored total independence from Great Britain, however it was too radical a demand to be made public. Delegates of the Second Continental Congress This congress added new members. Massachusetts added John Hancock;
Federalists knew that another self-governing government would only lead to a weak system just like the Articles lead them to failure. Thomas R. Frazier said, “View these things, fellow citizens, and then say that we do not require a new, a protecting, and efficient federal government if you can.” (Doc #1) Frazier is stating that America is in great need of a federal government, that they need educated and knowledgeable people to lead their country. He also means that in order to maintain their freedom and independence they would need a government to protect their rights they fought for. Creating three branches to avoid congress from becoming too powerful and keep everything under control was a much better way than having just one branch like in the Articles of Confederation. Another federalist named Jonathan Elliot said , “ … it is the opinion of this Convention that certain amendments and alterations in the said Constitution would remove the fears and quiet the apprehensions of many of the good people of the commonwealth.” (Doc #6) Elliot is stating that with few alterations, limiting the Constitutions power and allowing the states to make some decisions would change the Anti-Federalists mind and therefore they would create the Bill of rights to limit the
James Madison wrote The Federalist 51 in order to state how the future government would make liberty possible in society. Madison believed that each branch should be, for the most part, independent. Montesquieu previously thought of this idea of separation of power. He then goes on to explain that to ensure that each branch is independent, it would mean that the citizens would select the president, legislators, and the judges. However, framers found great difficulty in making the correct decision when it came to an election.
The American and French revolutions were revolutions that took place in the 18th century that changed the world as we know it. The revolutions are thought to have many similarities between them, but they also had several differences between them. This essay will try to compare and contrast these two revolutions. Both the American and French Revolution wanted to have a change from the ruler that was ruling them. They both had absolute rulers and wanted out of being under rulers that didn’t have supreme authority on the citizens in their countries or land.
In the early stages of our country, Alexander Hamilton played a key role in developing a unified government which portrayed the early republican conservative values. He aspired to abolish slavery in support of human freedoms, as did many of his colleagues. However his ideas regarding the new government did not gain their full support. Hamilton was not unknown for his political theories; he was a practical man who was able to articulate his ideas into practice. Alexander Hamilton’s ideas of government were morally realistic, grounded in the belief that people prioritized themselves above all else; people are selfish.
He also tried to amend the constitution and submit a draft that would make his actions legal and foolproof. Unfortunately, Jefferson’s fellow Republicans persuaded him not to go through with his draft of the amendment. They feared it will take too long and cause the French to change their minds of worse Napoleon wanting to continue his plans and make an empire in the
The purpose to call the Constitutional Convention, at first, was to revise the Articles of Confederation. However, the framers later decided to create an entirely new government. This was introduced to the nation though the Preamble. The Preamble showed how the government takes authority from the people rather than the states. The Preamble also highlights a major difference between the Constitution and the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution having a more stronger central government.
The new colonies wanted a successful economy and be their own society, but was held back for England. They choose to revolt in hopes of breaking away from all of the taxation and control that held them down. They wanted to make their own economic and political systems, but England wouldn 't allow it. The formation of the first colonies, in 1680, was the start of contrasting characteristics
There was such internal fighting within the Federalists that they could not form a formal opposition. Anti-Federalists feared that concentration of central government would result in a loss of individual and state rights, an aspect that defines American freedom today. They also opposed monetary policies and the Federalist support for trade with the British and were in favor of relations with the French, who helped during the American Revolution. This fall marked the end of Federalist party. The Republicans were now the only political party in America and the one-party dominance led to the name the Era of Good Feelings.
Brinkley (2012) wrote they envisioned a society of sturdy, independent farmers, happily free from the workshops, industrial towns and city mobs of Europe. They promoted a cultural outlook that emphasized localism, republican simplicity, and proposed a limited government power (p. 183). Jefferson faced political conflict because he opposed a strong federal government and favored states rights just like in the Articles of Confederation. Both Federalists and Republicans believe their policies are better for the people, Federalist wanted more federal government power and for Jefferson’s case, Republicans wanted less federal government power and more power given to the people and the states. Jefferson and his followers envisioned different changes to America through economics, education, culture, and politics.
This document was directed towards the Federalist by the antifederalist to explain a possible problem of the checks and balances system, after the drafting of the constitution and awaiting approval. The Anti Federalists didn’t want what we have now,they didn’t want the federal government to have and influence over citizens’ lives, they didn’t want the govt to in any way resemble a monarchy because they had just escaped from the corrupt monarchy. They believed that if the power in the country occupied in the people of the various states, then their vision would have a chance of success. Likewise, the Anti Federalist thought there was no bill of rights, so they disliked the constitution. Every constitution should have one for the people, and the government shouldn’t refuse to give on, as shown on Document E. The Letter to James Madison, Objections to the Constitution was written by Thomas Jefferson to explain what he disliked about the constitution to one of the writings, after the constitution was drafted and were awaiting ratification.
When the United States of America began to fight the Revolutionary War in 1775, they would need a governing body to run the new country. However, seeing as they had just escaped from a tyrannical government under England, the Articles of Confederation gave the states a very large amount of power so that they would not have the same problem again. However, although this government gave many states what they wanted, it was not strong enough to run a country. So, when writing a new Constitution the founding fathers gave more power to the federal government than the states because of the former government. The Articles of Confederation had many things that it could not do, things that were needed in order to have a strong central government.