Madison And Jefferson Dbq Essay

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11 October 2011 Jefferson and Madison In the early 1800's Jefferson and Madison made great accomplishments during their presidencies. After the country began to develop into a successful democratic nation political parties began to form. There were the Jeffersonian Republicans led by president Thomas Jefferson and the Federalists led by James Madison, who later stopped being a federalist after the ratification of the constitution. Jefferson and Madison didn't value the same ideas of how the government should be ran. Jefferson and the Jeffersonian Republicans believed that the authority of the federal government was based on a strict constitution. The Federalists believed in the opposite. Federalists believed that the constitution should be interpreted in a loose and broader way. The Federalists were able to make decisions that were not written word for word in the constitution. Jefferson states his disagreements with James Madison when he says, “Our country is too large to have all its affairs directed by a single government.” (Document A). As the years went on James Madison and Thomas Jefferson started to see eye to eye. Jefferson and the Jeffersonian Republicans believed that the authority of the federal government should be based on a strict constitution. Americans should follow every rule stated in the constitution and to obey them. Jefferson stated that, “ I consider the government of the United States as interdicted the constitution.” (Document B). Saying that people do all sorts of things like inter-meddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercise. He didn't agree with this federalists, but through out some years Jefferson became more flexible. An example of this is The Louisiana Purchase. (Document I). The constitution did not allow the president to

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