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So did Williams, who late in life delighted to think that he'd scandalized a Harvard Phi Beta Kappa assembly with a poem called "The Desert Music" about the seamy delights of Juarez. s Republican virtue is associated with the American farmer because he is imagined to be largely free of toxic social and commercial rela- 15 Jeffersonian Economics tions. "The substantial and genuine virtue" of "those who labor in the earth" that Jefferson praised is "suffocated" by the oddly unnatural temptations of human contact, of commerce with the world.
Morgan paid fortunes for European art, American artists, "doing modern work" (120), were struggling for recognition literally around the corner. And the same was true for American writers, who, to invoke Emerson, longed to discover their "original relation to the universe," to American particulars and Americanness. This chapter deals with debt and value. It is about the Jeffersonian attempt to capture and redefine the meaning of debt and its moral consequences for the citizen and the artist. First I explore the relationship between Jefferson and Hamilton's understanding of debt and its political, aesthetic, and moral implications for the American experiment.
McDonald, 1976 161-62J McDonald's observation about an "unwritten" Constitution is shrewd, for Jeffersonians are suspicious of texts. " Jefferson asked rhetorically of a correspondent in 1816. "Not in our constitution certainly, but in the spirit of our people" (Jefferson 1397). Indeed, Jefferson's relative separation from the Constitution gives Jeffersonianism much of its ideological appeal and justifies its reflexive demonization of Hamilton: "the Prime snot in ALL American history" as Pound rudely remarks in Canto 62 (62:350).