Hamilton vs.Jefferson Worlds Apart: Compare the philosophical and political convictions of Hamilton and Jefferson that led to the first American political parties.

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When George Washington appointed both Hamilton and Jefferson to his cabinet it was obvious that there would be controversy. These two men both had very different views and both helped to create what we practice as today's government. Even today their ideas still reflect how current government should be run.

Hamilton understood that a strong central government would be needed to keep the fledgling country alive. He believed in order to keep a strong government that understood the problems of the times it needed to be run by educated men much like the ideals of the now day Republican Party and it business leaders. Hamilton disagreed with the Jeffersonian ideal that the rich would corrupt the government in order to profit for them selves. Why should they? The rich had nothing to gain as they were already at the top of the social ladder. One need not look to far today to hear about another corruption scandal.

Hamilton believed himself to be a realist and Jefferson was a romantic. Jefferson believed that the working lower class citizens who toiled every day were what kept the economy strong much like the Democratic Party of today supporting the working class. Hamilton believed that industry and business were going to build the economy much like the Republican Party believes in strong support for big business today. Hamilton's ideas mostly supported people in the northern states because that is where economy was building. Jefferson supported southerners because that was where economy had always been. While small farmers did make up the majority of the citizens they did not necessarily agree upon everything. Hamilton thought that educated men should govern and would be able to understand these differences and make better choices for the common good of the people. Jefferson thought that farmers should...