STRESS ON NATIONAL POWER: THE HAMILTONIANS
EVEN BEFORE SUCCESSFUL TERMINATION OF THE REVOlution, America was faced with two alternatives: to patch up and confirm a league of states, individually strong but collectively weak, or attempt to set in motion a counter tendency, making for centralized, coercive power essential, as Hamilton believed, to a Great Republic. In the Convention, the New Yorker had dramatized the issue, telling the delegates that they were called upon to decide the fate of republican government. If they did not provide "due stability and wisdom it would be disgraced and lost to mankind forever." Hamilton threw down this caveat after months of debate, maneuvers, stratagems, and compromise. "The Constitution," as John Quincy Adams truly said, "had been extorted from the grinding necessity of a reluctant nation."1 Establishment of the____________________
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Publication information: Book title: In Quest of Freedom:American Political Thought and Practice. Contributors: Alpheus Thomas Mason McCormick - Author, Richard H. Leach - Author. Publisher: Prentice Hall. Place of publication: Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Publication year: 1959. Page number: 167.
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