Hamilton V. Jefferson Storyboard

Hamilton V. Jefferson Storyboard

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  • Hamilton's Economic Idea
  • This financial plan will become the next greatest invention in all of mankind!
  • I thoroughly disagree with your so-called "invention" Hamilton!
  • The Great Whiskey Rebellion
  • We the farmers, won't stand for this ridiculous tax!!
  • The French Revolution Massacre
  • Hamilton came up with a financial plan that reflected his belief in a strong central government. He thought the power of the national government should be stronger than that of the state governments. In 1790, Hamilton proposed three steps to improve the nation’s finances, of paying off all war debt, raising gov’t revenues, and creating a national bank. Jefferson argued that the Constitution did not give the government the power to set up a bank, and since the Constitution does not mention a national bank, the government cannot create one. 
  • The Whiskey Rebellion was a 1794 protest against the gov't tax on whiskey, which was valuable to backcountry farmers. One armed group beat up a tax collector, coated him with tar, feathers, stole his horse while others threatened an armed attack on Pittsburgh. In October 1794, General Henry Lee, led an army of 13,000 soldiers into western Pennsylvania to put down uprising. After much effort, federal troops rounded up 20 barefoot that proved Washington’s point that the gov't had the power and the will to enforce its laws.
  • A financial crisis led to French people to rebel against their gov't that was inspired by the American Revolution, the French revolutionaries demand liberty. By 1792, the revolution had become violent, thousands of French citizens were massacred, even in 1793, Louis XVI was executed. Jefferson felt that a move to crush them was an attack on liberty everywhere while Hamilton pointed out that Britain was the U.S. most important trading partner, trade was important to risk war. In April 1793, Washington declared that the U.S. would be “neutral”.
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