After the claiming of the United States
as an independent country, the founding fathers all held diverse ideology on
what America should be looked like. A direct conflict one could see is between
Alexander Hamilton’s belief of an prospering industrious country and Thomas
Jefferson’s vision of an agrarian independent country. Their opposite plans for
the country are revealed in their recorded documents, Hamilton’s “Manufacturing
Vision for America” and Jefferson’s “Agrarian Vision for America”.
Hamilton’s vision stood on the fact that
in his mind that an increase on the produce and revenue of the society is
utmost important. He put the economic growth of a society in the first position
and the document we see talked about four detailed proposal in details.
Hamilton believed that in order to promote and maximize the ability of
individual in an industrious environment, different industries should be
developed (Chapter 2, pg 10). Every citizen in the country thus can find a
place they are better at and maximize their ability. Also, Hamilton opposed to
the fact that England was in charged of all the main assembly lines, and the
States could only deport the cheap raw materials and in exchange for expensive
finished products (Chapter 2, pg 10). In order to become a strong society,
Hamilton claimed that America should develop their only factories heavily so
that the country would depend on England. Another important change he asserted
the society should be making is to eliminate “discriminating men from each
other” so that the society can reach “a greater scope for the diversity of
talents and dispositions” (Chapter 2, pg 12).
The strength of Hamilton’s arguments is
evident. All plans he provided were applicable and very practical at the time.
The States was in the changing station that needed some type of prospering
industrial to recover from the losses from the war. Also the plan he proposed
has societal benefits, such as eliminating discrimination and maximizing one’s
argument is much shorter and the content is also narrower. Jefferson on the
other hand believed that citizens should farm their own land. “In other words,
a system where the majority of Americans were yeoman farmers (Chapter 2, pg
3).” Moreover, Jefferson thinks men should be responsible to sustain themselves
and thus achieves true the independence of men and creates corruption (Chapter
2, pg 13). He also stated that American should remain in a way that only
deports raw materials and import finished products so that “our workshops
remain in Europe” (Chapter 2, pg 13).
The disadvantage of his argument is
obvious. Though America is now independent, Jefferson was still deeply
emotional attached to England but never worried about what they could encounter
if England stopped sending finished products to the States. Jefferson’s
argument does have strength, that every man now is truly independent because
they rely only on oneself. However, the entire country will be in a dependent
stage in which it relies heavily on the imported good from other countries.
In conclusion, Alexander Hamilton
believed that increasing production and revenue is the most important thing for
the society. He believed that the economic growth of a country determines its
success. He believed that in order to promote the individual’s ability to
flourish in an industrial environment, different types of industry should be
developed. Therefore, in my opinion I think that Hamilton’s ideas would be more
appealing to Americans at that time. It promotes the idea of America being industrialized.
More people are entering the workforce each year, and having a diverse economy
would help make the United States stronger.