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Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson were aliied in their commitment to the need for a stronger federal government
the delegates to the constitutional convention in 1787 greatly exceeded their instructions from Congress and the states
The delegates who drafted the new Constitution were products of the american revolution but had lost their fears of concentrated power
The virginia plan and the new jersey plan were quite different, but each saw fit to give each state equal representation
Under the new constitution, the federal government would have the power to tax, regulate commerce, and control the currency
under the new Constitution, federal judges were appointed by the president and confirmed by both houses of Congress
Before the new Constitution could go into effect, it had to be ratified by all 13 existing states
Ratification of the Constitution was given a big boost when New York and Virginia both approved the document early in the ratification process
Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton served as secretaries of state and the treasury, respectively, under President Washington
Alexander Hamilton wanted the state debts to be assumed by the federal government so that the entire debt could be paid off at once
hamilton favored a government that would benefit that entrenched aristocracy but not speculators
The most intense debates over hamilton's economic program were on his proposal for a national bank
Hamilton's economic program had the general support of both manufacturing interests and small farmers
in the 1790s there was general agreement that organized political parties had no place in a stable republic
the 12th amendment called for members of the electoral college to vote separately for president and vice pres
some republicans were so upset by the alien and sedition acts that they concluded that the states had the power to nullify acts of congress
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