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lillian01 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 1, 2009 at 12:35 PM via web

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Compare the arguments of Jefferson and Hamilton for and against the constitutionality of the Bank of the United States

Compare the arguments of Jefferson and Hamilton for and against the constitutionality of the Bank of the United States

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted March 4, 2009 at 10:25 AM (Answer #2)

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The argument between Hamilton and Jefferson over the Constituitionality of the bank gave way to political parties in America. Hamilton the Federalist and Jefferson a Democratic-Republican (not to be confused with the modern two party system today) or Anti-Federalist as labeled by the Federalists. The argument was rooted in the interpretation of the Constitution. Hamilton, a loose constructionist believed that Article I Section 8 Clause 18...'that Congress had the power to do whatever was proper and necessary to carry out the 17 delegated powers. Commonly referred to as 'the elastic clause', Hamilton's understanding of the delegated power 'to coin money' when interpreted along with Art. I Sec.8 Cl. 18 meant  the creation of 'A BANK'. Jefferson, the strict constructionist thought it very dangerous for the new nation to 'read into' the document that which was not specifically written. Hamilton ultimately got his bank but only after a compromise was reached during a private dinner between Jefferson and Hamilton at Jefferson's Maiden Lane apartment in N.Y.C. The compromise; Jefferson would get Hamilton the votes needed to ensure the banks' creation anf Hamilton would push for the re-location of the U.S. Capitol, in the south closer to Jefferson's Virginia. After all was said and done, the bank became a reality and the Capitol is closer to Virginia.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM (Answer #3)

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I would side with Jefferson here, since he was one of the key writers of the Constitution. I know Hamilton was there too, but Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and was a president. He was more of an insider and if anyone understood how the document was written, he did.

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