Extract from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Address at the University of Pennsylvania

With the gaining of our political freedom you will remember that there came a conflict between the point of view of Alexander Hamilton, sincerely believing in the superiority of Government by a small group of public-spirited and usually wealthy citizens, and, on the other hand, the point of view of Thomas Jefferson, an advocate of Government by representatives chosen by all the people, an advocate of the universal right of free thought, free personal living, free religion, free expression of opinion and, above all, the right of free universal suffrage.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Address at University of Pennsylvania,” 20 Sept. 1940. Published by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, eds., American Presidency Project (accessed 2014).
Author
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Date Range
Date
September 20, 1940
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
Repository
American Presidency Project, Univ. of California-Santa Barbara