This chapter discusses Thomas Jefferson's distaste for tyranny, and how, in spite of it, he was not opposed to the very different idea that a unitary and independent executive structure should be created. Leonard White notes that while the more extreme Republicans favored making heads of departments independent of the president, Jefferson, Madison, Albert Gallatin, and other more thoughtful members of the Republican Party fully recognized the need for a strong, unitary executive. Jefferson thus supported the idea of a strong executive branch directly responsible to the president and independent of legislative control, opposing what he perceived as an attempt by Alexander Hamilton to insinuate himself into the legislative activities of the House of Representatives.
Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.