Thomas Jefferson Versus Alexander Hamilton.docx

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that is witnessed in America today. However, the competition between the two also had some significant implications for the American experience. The best way to gain insight into their impact on the American experience is by reviewing their contributions. Hamilton was a visionary who saw the U.S. emerging as a superpower in both the military and economic sense. He envisioned a time when America's power would surpass the influence of European nations such as Britain. Hamilton's policies while serving in the treasury were determined to convince fellow Americans to think continentally. He encouraged American citizens to put themselves first as Americans and not as individuals, that is, Virginians or New Yorkers. Hamilton was able to inject a sense of identity in Americans by developing institutions that would bind all the citizens to the national government as opposed to binding them to the states where they came from. Institutions such as the national bank were instrumental in promoting reliance on the federal government. The other initiative that Hamilton managed to push through was the assumption of the nation's debt resulting from the revolutionary war by the federal government. According to Stephen Knott, author of Washington and Hamilton : The Alliance that forged America, without the contributions of Hamilton, it would have been almost impossible for America to become a superpower in the 20 th century (34). Knott affirms that without Hamilton's vision, America would not have transitioned as quickly towards emerging as a manufacturing nation and the largest economy in the world. He proceeds to crown Hamilton as the father of capitalism in America which resulted in the high living standards across the world. Hamilton's policies were focused on promoting the manufacturing industry. His
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5 economic ideas like the national bank, stabilization of the country's finances, and tariffs for protecting the manufacturing industry in America, all helped the U.S. rise to become an economic power worldwide. Hamilton was also instrumental in the Federalist papers. He drafted 51 out of the 85 essays that provided the blueprint for an executive branch of government ( Bailyn 233). This model was adopted by George Washington. It is believed that President Washington followed most of Hamilton's advice. Hamilton had a vision of introducing many elements of permanence and energy into the national government under the constitution to enable the country to defend itself against domestic insurrections and foreign attacks. This would also provide an environment suited for economic development. No wonder America emerged as a superpower towards the end of the Second World War and is currently has the world's most superior military and defense forces. Hamilton’s contribution to the American experience does not end with manufacturing or the military ideals ( Gilhooley 341). He encouraged American citizens to think of themselves continentally instead of limiting themselves to the states where they came from.
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