Hamiltonianism vs Jeffersonianism. America during the late 18th century- the fate of country lay in the hands of two men

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America during the late 18th century was a time of radical changes. America was just

then breaking its ties with a forceful British rule. The condition of the country was trying

enough to the fortitude and constancy of the patriots. How remarkable to consider for a

moment, that the fate of this great country lay in the hands of men.

In this group of fashioned leaders were two names, not the oldest or most distinguished in

the history of America, but who were destined to impress upon their country a more lasting and

important influence than any other man. With perhaps one or two exceptions, they have to this

day, blazed a lasting impression in the structure and functions of our government. Those

individuals are, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

Thomas Jefferson grew up in Shadwell, Virginia. As picturesque as it was,

Jefferson drew from it a spirit of liberty and strength.

At the age of seventeen he left his boyhood

home to pursue interests at William and Mary College. At the time, this proved to be the most

approved institution in the state.

In was in his twenty-third year, however, while studying law at Williamsburg, that

Jefferson heard an inspirational man. This man went by the name of Patrick Henry. Jefferson

heard Henry speak in the House of Burgesses declaiming the hated Stamp Act. This was a key in

that the speech inspired Jefferson greatly.

Jeffersons' life passes quickly and falls on the year 1769, in which the people of his

country give him a seat in the legislature. He held this position until the time of the Revolution.

On from that, his election in 1775 to the Continental Congress spoke of

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significant change.

By this time, the colonies and Britain had utter discontent. Dicontent that...