Jefferson vs. Hamilton: Confrontations That Shaped a Nation
April 13, 1743 Albemarle County in the English colony of Virginia was the start of an American historical giant. Thomas Jefferson was born in affluence to his father, Peter Jefferson, a rising young planter in the Virginia colony, and his mother, Jane Randolph, who held a high status within the colony as well. Due to his father’s prosperity Jefferson was afforded the absolute best in the ways of education, starting with private tutors at the age of five, then moving on to learn how to read Greek and Roman in there original text and finally taking his studies to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg which he would say is “…what probably fixed the destinies of my life…” pg 5. On the other side of the spectrum, a few years later
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After receiving a letter from Madison explaining the proceedings of the convention he articulated his likes and dislikes of the Constitution. Jefferson liked “the organization of the government into legislative, Judiciary and Executive” pg 23 and the powers given to each branch. Among his dislikes, the greatest seeming to be “…the omission of a bill of rights providing clearly and without the aid of sophisms…” pg 23 the freedoms he felt inalienable to the human race.
During the French Revolutionary war in 1789, Jefferson and Hamilton found each other on opposing sides once again. Jefferson felt that while the violence in the revolt was deplorable but he “…would have seen half the earth desolated.” pg 109 than to see the cause of liberty fail, feeling that “the liberty of the whole earth was depending on the issues of the contest.” pg 109. While Hamilton, disagreed almost wholly on Jefferson’s justification for the violence in France. He “as a friend to mankind and to liberty…” pg 106-107 rejoiced in the efforts made by Marquis de Lafayette, General of the French Revolutionary National Guard and after serving with Hamilton in 1781 a friend of his as well, but feared the steps in motion to gain the freedom that Lafayette and all of France desired. It was said that Hamilton never commented on the French revolution without it bringing the “horror,” “abhorrence,” and “repulsion” to his mind.
In the presidential election in 1800, Hamilton not being a