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Give Me Liberty! Sources of Freedom History Center Sources of Freedom: Alexander Hamilton on the "Few and the Many" (June 18, 1787) In this speech to the Constitutional Convention on June 18, 1787, Alexander Hamilton argued for the creation of an upper house similar to Great Britain's House of Lords. He expressed the view of many conservative founders that only the rich and propertied in America had the virtue and wisdom to rule the republic. The United States Senate was eventually approved by the convention as a check on the more democratic House of Representatives.
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Unformatted text preview: All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and well born, the other the mass of the people. ... The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a distinct, permanent share in the government. They will check the unsteadiness of the second, and as they cannot receive any advantage by change, they therefore will ever maintain good government. 2007 W. W. Norton & Company...
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