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This documentary study of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton focuses on their differing view of society and government in the formative years of the new American nation. Interweaving more than forty documents into seven chronological chapters, the text follows the lives and careers of the two men from their youth, through the Revolutionary War, to the death of Hamilton in 1804, at the start of Jefferson's second term as president. In each chapter, generous excerpts from their public papers and private letters reveal the two men's often divergent views on government and the Constitution, economic and foreign policy, and the military, and illustrate the roles they played in the emergence of political parties. Reading Jefferson's First Inaugural Address, the Report on Public Credit, and Kentucky Resolutions and a host of other documents, students can explore first hand the two men's philosophies and the impact these had on the emerging nation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312085858
ISBN-10: 0312085850
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 8mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 19-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Noble E. Cunningham Jr

NOBLE E. CUNNINGHAM, JR is Curators' Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and his research and writing is focused on the early national period of American history.