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Strict vs. Loose Interpretation

  • Thomas Jefferson believed in a strict construction of the Constitution.
  • He believed people should follow exactly what was stated and allowed in the document.
  • When it came to the national bank, he believed in a strict interpretation, as well.
  • On the contrary, he believed in a loose interpretation of the Louisiana Purchase.

  • On the other hand, Alexander Hamilton believed in a loose construction of the Constitution, and also the national bank.
  • He thought you could take whatever action you wanted, as long as the document did not specifically say you couldn't do it.