November 29, 2012
Jefferson Vs. Hamilton
During the years after the Revolutionary War, the founding fathers introduced a very weak form of government through the Articles of Confederation. These articles were created to give more power to the states than the federal government. Eventually, the Constitutional Convention was called to edit the Articles of Confederation, but the members of this convention completely gutted the documents. This led to the development of a very important document of United States history. Thus, the Constitution was born. This new document sparked mass controversy amongst the states and led to a huge debacle. The federalist states supported the Constitution; whereas, the anti-federalists did not approve of the ratification of the Constitution. Soon after the 9 to 13 ratification of the Constitution, the leaders of the federalists and anti-federalists emerged. The federalists were headed by Alexander Hamilton, the county’s treasurer; and, the anti-federalists were led by Thomas Jefferson. Due to their contrasting backgrounds, stern differences in political ideals, and different economic priorities, Hamilton and Jefferson quickly formed a huge two-partied rivalry in the United States that eventually led to a gigantic schism in American politics.
Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton came from two very different backgrounds, which helped shape who they would become in the future. Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755, and died on July 2, 1804. Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743, and lived to July 4, 1826. Gordon S. Wood wrote, in his novel Revolutionary Characters, “Because he was raised in the West Indies and came to the North American continent as a teenager, Hamilton had little of the emotional attachment to a particular colony or state that the other founders had (when Jefferson talked about ‘my country,’ he meant Virginia). Hamilton was primed to think nationally…”...