Jefferson Vs. Hamilton: Confrontations that Shaped a Nation

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Macmillan, Mar 17, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 186 pages
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This documentary study of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton focuses on their differing views of society and government in the formative years of the new American nation. Interweaving more than 40 documents into 7 chronological chapters, the text follows the lives and careers of the two men from their youth, through the Revolutionary War, to the death of Hamilton in 1804. In each chapter, generous excerpts from their public papers and private letters reveal the two men’s often divergent views on government and the Constitution, economic and foreign policy, and the military, and illustrate the roles they played in the emergence of political parties. Reading Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address, the Report on Public Credit, the Kentucky Resolutions, and a host of other documents, students can explore firsthand the two men’s philosophies and the impact these had on the emerging nation. Also included are 10 illustrations, a Jefferson/Hamilton chronology, a bibliography, and an index.
 

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Contents

Draft of the Declaration of Independence
1
Different Paths to Fame
3
Thomas Jefferson by Charles Willson Peale
28
Diverging Courses
29
Alexander Hamilton by Charles Willson Peale
44
Poles Apart on Banks and Factories
45
Thomas Jefferson Opinion on the Constitutionality
51
Bank of the United States by William Birch
63
Conflict in Washingtons Cabinet
77
Disagreement on Foreign Affairs
106
The Providential Detection caricature
125
Political Competitors
127
Thomas Jefferson by Cornelius Tiebout
129
View of the Capitol Washington D C by William Birch
138
President Jeffersons First Inaugural Address
141
Hamilton and President Jefferson
143

Thomas Jefferson Notes of a Conversation between
65
Jeffersons Notes of a Conversation between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson
66
The Legacies of Jefferson and Hamilton
169
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NOBLE E. CUNNINGHAM JR. is Curators' Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Missouri, Columbia. With research and writing focused on the early national period of American history, his writings include In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson (1987), The Process of Government under Jefferson (1976), The Image of Thomas Jefferson in the Public Eye (1981), Popular Images of the Presidency from Washington to Lincoln (1991), and The Presidency of James Monroe (1996). He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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