Essay heading: Differences Between Hamilton and Jefferson

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Also, Jeffersonian philosophy advocated a strict interpretation of the Constitution. They took the words of the Constitution at face value, and did not try to interpret any hidden connotation of the Constitution. For instance, when it came to the National Bank of the United States of America, Hamilton believed that it was constitutional to authorize it because what the “Constitution did not forbid it permitted” (Pageant 195)...
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Yet Jefferson believed the opposite, since “there was not specific authorization in the Constitution” (Pageant 195) for the bank, the bank should not be authorized. Hamilton’s view on this was based on the “elastic clause”, which stated that Congress would receive the power “to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof...
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