Jeffersonian Republicans Vs Federalists

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While the Jeffersonian Republicans are usually seen as strict interpreters of the Constitution and the Federalists broad interpreters, this is only accurate at times. Leading up to the election Jefferson's election, the Republicans were very strict in their interpretation and were greatly against the Federalists and their flexibleness with the powers of the federal government. However, during the presidencies of Jefferson and Madison, this distinction was very inaccurate due to the necessity to use a looser view of the Constitution in situations thus you could not distinguish from a Republican or Federalist solely based on their interpretation of the Constitution in that period. When Jefferson became president, his opinion that little power…show more content…
When faced with the opportunity to obtain a major piece of land, Jefferson was forced to loosely interpret the Constitution in order to be able to purchase the land, which went directly against his republican ideals. He had to go against the strict views of the Republicans because he knew that this would allow for the expansion of the US and give American farmers the needed land. Despite his Federalist approach to this situation, the actual Federalists, who took a two faced view, were against his actions. They expressed the unconstitutionality of his actions and that it will only hurt the country economically. On the other hand, they were afraid that this would create more states and decrease their power in congress. The federalists could not be distinguished either way as interpreting the constitution broad or loose. No matter what Jefferson did, the Federalists were still probably going to be against his actions, despite him taking their side, and they continue this when he passes the Embargo to secure the rights of Americans. Because this greatly decreases the American exports, the Federalists were very opposed to this and also calling it unconstitutional. Again, the Federalists were going
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