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Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were completely at odds in their vision on how America was to develop Hamilton wanted to concentrate power in a centralized federal government with limited access and Jefferson wished to diffuse it among all the eligible freemen of the time Alexander Hamilton feared anarchy and distrusted popular rule while Jefferson feared tyranny and thought in terms of liberty and freedom Thomas Jefferson was an agrarian soul who favored popular rule He placed his trust in the land and the people who farmed it and desired that America would remain a nation of farmers He emphasized liberty democracy and social welfare and believed that the main purpose of government was to assure freedom of its individual citizens He had a fear of tyranny and distrusted centralized power especially from an aristocracy or a moneyed class Thomas Jefferson favored the spread of power ranging from the federal level to state and local levels Jefferson stated I have never observed mens honesty to increase with their riches Alexander Hamilton on the other side distrusted popular rule and emphasized law order authority and property Alexander Hamilton wanted to promote commerce and industry through a strong central government He also would diversify American economic life by encouraging shipping and creating manufacturing by legislative directive Hamilton also believed that a republican style of government could only succeed by the direction of a governing class He believed that to preserve order and the alliance between business and government the moneyed class and the wealthy aristocracy should hold all the power Another matter the two men disagreed on was the establishment of a national bank Hamilton wanted a national bank so he could forge a relationship between business and the federal government Jefferson on the other hand thought that such a bank would encourage people to leave agriculture for guesswork and give business interests too much power in the federal government Thomas Jefferson believed in the
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