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Madelynn Zhang

on 24 September 2013

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By Garrett Go, Amy Luo, Angela Zhang, Madelynn Zhang
The American Revolution left the new nation in a mountain of debt
To account for the debt, Congress printed paper money in excess causing inflation which eventually led to depression
Because of this awful predicament and other unfortunate political affairs, the Constitutional Congress was formed
Alexander Hamilton, a renowned politician, was a delegate and an active member of this Congress.

Political Affiliation
Hamilton was best known for writing the Federalist papers [verbally
Influence on Foreign Affairs
Political Affiliation
Political Contribution

As treasurer of the secretary:
convinced Congress to pass high tariffs on imported goods to protect America’s developing industries
"the embarrassments, which have obstructed the progress of our external trade, have led to serious reflections on the necessity of enlarging the sphere of our domestic commence: the restrictive regulations, which in foreign markets abrige the vent of the increasing surplus of our Agricultural produce, serve to beget an earnest desire, that a more extensive demand for that surplus may be created at home: And the complete success, which has rewarded manufacturing enterprise”
-Report on the Subject of Manufactures

persuaded Congress to pass on excise laws on certain commodities like whiskey

Had the federal government assumes war debt of the states

had government start the payment of federal war bonds to decrease the national debt

national bank used as a place where federal funds could be held and where banknotes could be printed as means of a single currency instead of each state having a separate currency

convinced House of Representatives to elect Jefferson over Burr during the Election of 1800 when the electoral votes tied

Saw Jefferson as less dangerous and a better person than Aaron Burr

Influence on Foreign Affairs
Political Ideology
Political Affiliation
Hamilton was a leader of the Federalists
The Federalists desired a liberal/broad definition of the authority of the central government to ensure the preservation of the party’s power
Believed in the need for a strong central government
"Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint."
-Alexander Hamilton in The Federalist Papers #19
Thomas Jefferson was one of his biggest rivals

Political Ideologies
Hamilton held many strong opinions about various affairs regarding the structure of the United States of America as seen through his essays, published in The Federalist Papers.
Hamilton expressed the need for taxes implemented by the NATIONAL government rather than the state.
Hamilton also believed in a strong core central government to unite the states and keep them united.
Hamilton believed in a strong executive
"A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of the government. A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must be, in practice, a bad government."
-Hamilton in The Federalist Papers
Political Affiliations
Influence on Foreign Affairs
Relations with the British- Hamilton vs Jefferson:
regarding foreign affairs, Jefferson believed that the United States should impose discriminatory duties on British goods entering the US, while Hamilton thought the exact opposite.

Influence on the French Revolution:
As Washington’s advisory, Hamilton convinced him and Congress to issue the Neutrality Proclamation in 1793
Reasoned that the United States had no obligation to the French since the treaty signed in 1778 was between the king of France, not the new French Republic.
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