A Comparison of the Social

A Comparison of the Social - The differences in the...

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The differences in the political philosophies and beliefs of Alexander Hamilton and the Federalists against Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans helped lead to our current two party system and form of national government. The discussion will present a background of the two revolutionaries along with a discussion of the particular differences between the Federalists and Democratic-Republics. Their political and economic similarities and differences are brought up afterwards. A discussion considering the different segments of society that both factions derived their support from follows. Finally, the conversation will conclude with an opinion of why the Democratic-Republican faction ultimately prevailed. Alexander Hamilton, first head of the Department of Treasury, was a young man from a modest background. Hamilton moved to the US shortly before the onset of the Revolution. An illegitimate child, Hamilton found himself a protégé in George Washington, adopting almost a son status to the soon to be President. Thomas Jefferson, the First Secretary of State, was a Virginian at heart. Jefferson, fearing tyranny and a believer of “elite” republicanism, was a strong supporter of state rights and expressed nervousness about the potential conflicts of centralized authority. George Washington respected both and often found himself caught in the middle of the opposing opinions along with Henry Knox, appointed head of the Department of War division under the Presidents Cabinet. Hamilton pointed out the elites downfalls and believed the masses are dangerous to the republic while Jefferson argued the federal command would result in tyrannical rule. Tension levels between the two opinionated Cabinet members soon rose over their differing opinions about important issues for a successful republic. Jefferson strove for agriculture and independent farming over urbanization of the new
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Various during the Spring '08 term at Pittsburgh.

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