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Thomas Jefferson favored strong state government and an agricultural society. Alexander Hamilton was in favor of a strong federal government and an industrial society. These disputes over the ideas about the economy and the government between Thomas Jeffe

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In the late 18th century and early 19th century, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were two very important figures in American history. But, still these two great figures had opposing ideas from each other. These disputes between Americans soon led to different groups which led to the developing of political parties. Thomas Jefferson favored strong state government and an agricultural society. Alexander Hamilton was in favor of a strong federal government and an industrial society. These disputes over the ideas about the economy and the government between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, led to the formation of the political parties. In the 1790's political parties formed after Washington went into office, ever since then it became the tradition of the United States politics. ...read more.

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Thomas Jefferson was the writer of the Declaration of Independence and the secretary of state of Washington's cabinet, and was the founder of the Democratic - Republican Party. Since Jefferson favored the Article of Confederation, his idea of a government was a strong state government. He believed that the federal government should be kept small. He thought the constitution should be read strictly, so the government won't have too much power. He thought the power should be given to the common people. He had deep faith in the people, especially the American farmers. He disliked the world of industry and favored the agricultural economy. According to Jefferson "When Americans exchange their farmers for factories and their open spaces for slums, when they pile upon each other in cities, then individualism will be lost and people will consume each other." ...read more.

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He thought the major weakness of the Confederation was the inability to raise money. He believed in an industrial economy would be better for the United States. According to Hamilton "All enlightened men should desire the prosperity of commerce and all who practice it." He basically meant that the well educated and rich should desire commerce as their economy. These two political giants had different ideas about the United States which resulted in the forming of political parties to be a tradition of the United State's politics. Although these two men had different ideas, they were aiming for the same goal, to make the United States stronger than it already was. The people chose sides, forming political parties. These political parties allowed the people to be part of the voice of the United States so the government doesn't make the wrong decisions. ...read more.

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