Once again, Hamilton's plan was met with opposition from Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who believed that the United States would benefit more from agriculture, than from manufactures. Jefferson admitted that Hamilton's plan would make the nation wealthier, but believed that republicanism and democracy would be lost in a nation of corrupt industrialists. Jefferson argued that the Revolutionary War had been won by farmers who had fought for their freedom. He declared many of Hamilton's propositions unconstitutional and was particularly opposed to the government financing and subsidizing private enterprise. The personal ideological differences between Hamilton and Jefferson became more serious when they began attacking one another in the national newspapers. Both men hired writers to verbally harangue each other for placing the new government in jeopardy. Jefferson believed that a loose interpretation of the Constitution would
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