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The Early Commercial Republic, 1789-1815

James Madison,Alexander Hamilton,John Adams,George Washington,republic,Justice,Thomas Jefferson,John Jay,property,Constitution

The Early Commercial Republic Activity: The First National Bank

Have students read Handout A: Excerpts from Jefferson’s “Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank” (1791) and Handout B: Excerpts from Hamilton’s “Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank” (1791) and follow the directions on Handout C: The Constitutionality of a National Bank to write a one-page essay on the constitutionality of a national bank.