Alexander Hamilton's Social Impact

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The founding fathers of the United States created a framework from which the country was intended to follow. Yet in the early years of the Union the gaps and question the founders left unanswered in this framework, or Constitution, were tasked to the early political leaders and influencers of their time, leaders like Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton. The decisions by these early political leaders, leaders would lead to the establishment of precedent, many of which still exist today, with tangible effects. The economic policies of Hamilton left political impacts, such as, precedent to how the Constitution was interpreted, economic impacts like the National Bank, and social impacts which led to an increase in sectionalism.
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One of the sectional lines which was drawn was that between the North and the South. Hamilton’s economic plans rested on the loose contrusctionalist view of the Constitution, and were heavily tied to the promotion of big government and manufacturing. The highest concentration of manufaturers and big-governemnt supporters were in the North. The highest concentration of farmers and small-government supporters, groups not benefiting from Hamilton’s plans, were in the South. As time passed, it became more apparent that the economic policies of Alexander Hamilton were built to award special interest. The private wealthy elite that invested in the banks were also had strong political sway. This was discomforting to average citizens and farmers whom became subject to the laws of these banks and elites. An rich versus poor dichotomy was growing in America. This was best seen by the circumstances which led to the Whiskey Rebellion. Angry West Pensslavanians, revolted after an excise tax of whiskey was placed. This tax was a direct product of weathly elite, Alexander Hamiltion, imposing their own views and agenda on the poor. While this rebellion was quickly put down it revealed larger tensions within the United States. Overall, Hamilton’s economic policies antagonized the North-South and Rich-Poor relations developing the sectionalism that would lead to the Civil