Comparison Of Thomas Jefferson And The Hamiltonian System

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The presidential race of 1800 was the first in which Federalists and Democratic-Republicans functioned as two political parties, where Thomas Jefferson and John Adams again fought for the title. The Federalists pursued a defensive effort for strong central government and public order while the Jeffersonians presented themselves as the protector of agrarian purity, liberty and states’ rights. Thomas Jefferson was elected by a majority of seventy-three electoral votes to sixty-five. Before becoming president, Thomas Jefferson was determined to undo the Federalist abuses mostly started by Hamilton. However, after becoming president of the United States, Jefferson had to change his old governing theories in the “arena of practical politics.” The change was evident in his actions regarding to the Hamiltonian system, his dealings with the Louisiana Purchase and the passing of the Embargo Act. Thomas Jefferson, amazingly enough, left the Hamiltonian system intact except for the excise tax. Along with his Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin, they managed reduce the national debt while balancing the budget, all under the Hamiltonian system excluding the excise tax. They did not alter the…show more content…
Livingston, to buy New Orleans and as much land to the east for a maximum of ten million dollars in hopes of quieting the clamor of the West. Napoleon decided to sell the whole Louisiana territory for just fifteen million dollars. This opportunity was too good to pass up, so Livingston signed treaties with no direct authorization from Jefferson. Facing a dilemma, Jefferson considered an amendment to the Constitution since nothing in the Constitution talked about land purchases. Jefferson had been known as a strict interpreter of the Constitution. Thus, he made a full one-hundred and eighty degree turnaround from his previous philosophical beliefs about the Constitution to make this purchase
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