In the formative years of the United States, two key figures helped shape a new government: Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. However, their vision of what that government should be and do often conflicted. In this interactive from PBS LearningMedia’s A Biography of America, students read statements by Jefferson and Hamilton on the role of government, the virtue of people, the institution of slavery, and the role of cities. Then they decide who, in their opinion, had the more enduring vision for America.
“BigHistory” examines the past, explains the present, and imagines the future. A professor of history and education at the University of Michigan is the faculty lead of the BigHistory Project (BHP), a joint effort between teachers, scholars, scientists, and their supporters.