Thomas Jefferson Vs. Alexander Hamilton
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An opening statement
This is the opening statement.
Thomas Jefferson, born April 13, 1743, was raised in Virginia by a man whose father owned over 1,400 acre of land. His mother was from a famous family in Virginia. His childhood was very comfortable, as he did not have to worry about money. Alexander Hamilton was born on Nevis, the second son of James Hamilton and Rachel Hamilton. His mother was separated from her husband before she settled down with Mr. Hamilton.
The father left him soon after, leaving the son with his mother. She died a few short years later. Hamilton, unlike Jefferson, had a difficult childhood. Hamilton struggled to get a proper education, but he was helped by a friend. Both Jefferson and Hamilton were defined by the events that followed America’s Revolution.
Topic analysisThomas J. Jefferson, Letter from John Harvie to Thomas Jefferson, January 14, 1760
Jefferson’s letter is intended to convince the guardian of his decision to enroll in College. Jefferson was able to take advantage of many opportunities because of this letter. He convincingly argues for joining college, saying that it will help him acquire “…more common knowledge, which can be helpful to me…
Alexander Hamilton’s Letter to Edward Stevens on November 11, 1769
Hamilton’s future was changed by this letter. In the letter, Hamilton explained his reasons for wanting to continue with education. “…I’m confident Ned I won’t be given any immediate preferment ….but i want to prepare myself for the future. (Cunning, 6).” In my view, his determination to achieve academic success made him who was. No wonder he is planning for his future.
Thomas Jefferson Opinion Regarding the Constitutionality of Bill Establishing National Bank on February 15,1791
Jefferson is trying to convince his readers that a National Bank should be established in accordance with Constitutional provisions. He lists the various powers the state is granted, such as “… A right to levy taxes in order to pay off the U.S. debt …”and “… borrowing money… (Cunning)”. He then goes on to explain the importance of the National Bank to the State and to the Citizens. He argues “…a banks will be a great help or convenience for the collection tax…(Cunning, 57).
This opinion paper was the catalyst for many changes in the U.S Treasury, including the creation of the National Bank which played a key role in making the U.S. a superpower. This led to a reduction in the cost of living for all states and an improvement in the U.S. Economy. The quote I read made a lot sense because governments are entirely dependent on tax revenue. Therefore, a secure and easy way to collect the taxes was an excellent way to improve the economics of a state.
George Washington’s Letter to Alexander Hamilton on July 29, 1792
Hamilton was appointed as Treasury Secretary during the presidency of George Washington. He had to make sure that the economy did not collapse. Hamilton is asked to respond to a number of intriguing questions in the letter. The two issues made me wonder how the U.S. might be today if they were not addressed. The second “…That is has provided effectual means for corrupting such an important portion of legislature, that turns the balance against the honest Voters whichever way it is directed…
Alexander Hamilton’s Letter to George Washington on September 9, 1792
Hamilton writes in his reply to the President: “”…But once I was convinced that there were formed parties that were bent on subverting measures that would have subverted the government, I felt it my duty to try to resist this torrent and to do so, I decided to lift the veil off the main actors …(Cunning (96).
Hamilton’s willingness to act against the people who were trying to harm his reputation in front of the president shows that he was willing to do so. Hamilton says that he acted dishonestly in addressing the president.
The president claimed that he had known the government ran at a deficit but never brought it up to him. It shows that he had a high moral standard, as he did not rush to reveal the truth about his perceived problems with the president.
ConclusionHamilton, Jefferson and their legacy have completely changed the American political landscape. Even though they often clashed on various issues, their example continues to inspire many politicians today. The bodies of these political icons are buried deep in the states.