Alexander Hamilton's Financial Plan
Information from US History.org
The First Bank of the United States Lesson Plan
Students learn about the economics of the early United States
Sketch of a Plan of American Finance by George Washington
From TeachingAmericanHistory’s Document Library
Thomas Jefferson: The Best of Enemies
Times Magazine article on the Jefferson and Hamilton rivalry
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October 5, 2011 · Audience: Educators · 90 Minutes
Our first president and two members of his cabinet discuss and debate the ways and means of financing the government of our fledgling nation.
Originally presented as part of the 2011 George Washington Summer Residential Teachers' Institute, this lively presentation gives teachers new insights into questions on the role of government and the national economy that are just as relevant today as they were over two hundred years ago.
Following Funding a Nation we air questions that teachers in the audience were able to ask the panelists. They discussed topics in more detail and gained further perspective on how Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton envisioned the financial structure of our nation.
Jefferson and Hamilton discuss the role of government.
A Nation of Debt
Watch Dr. Robert Wright's lecture on the key events that shaped the United States financial system and how the actions of our forefathers laid the groundwork for the debt we still carry today.