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Fleming, Thomas. “Wall Street’s First Collapse.”

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Fleming, Thomas. “Wall Street’s First Collapse.” American Heritage (2009): 1-6. (6)
The separation between the haves and the have-nots has remained a constant battle in American history, even in present day “We Are The 99%” movements. Thomas Fleming, in his piece “Wall Street’s First Collapse”, dissects similar results of this separation in the first financial emergency in U.S. history. As Fleming states, “[Alexander] Hamilton decided to concentrate the wealth of the new republic in the hands of a relatively few men so that the nation would have capital when and if it was needed”.35 Following extreme criticism from Congress, as well as from his counterpart, Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton goal continued the same throughout the financial down-pour, stating that he still believed “stock ownership [should remain] among ‘the better sort’” and even went as far as to publically blast Jefferson and call him “a secret enemy of the Constitution”.36 Hamilton’s motives and actions can be viewed a extremely against the Constitution, which should rightfully grant access to the nations resources, but it also reminds individuals of issues in Congress and big business which are taking a toll on our present day economy.

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