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Alexander Hamilton’s Lesson on Winning an Argument Before it Starts

Alexander Hamilton’s Lesson on Winning an Argument Before it Starts

As Federalists, Hamilton et al. were proponents of a strong national government as laid out in what would become the U.S. Constitution, contrasted to the position of the Antifederalists led by Thomas Jefferson that called for a very small central government with power concentrated with the states. With the Constitutional Convention on the horizon, Hamilton and his colleagues devised a scheme to influence public opinion by disarming the Antifederalists before they had a chance to advocate their position.