Jefferson's Actions During His Presidency

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In the year of 1800, Jefferson ran for the second time averse to former president, John Adams but unlike the previous election, John Adams wins the presidency, Jefferson was able to defeat John Adams. The Adams lost the election due to passing the Alien and Sedition Acts, Considered unconstitutional laws because the Acts took away the first amendment, freedom of speech. Jefferson was a more promising choice as he promised to have a “Republican Revolution”, Jefferson promised to help the yeoman farmer and decrease the Federal debt the United States had at the time period. Jefferson’s presidency was to a certain extent a “Republican Revolution” and to a certain extent it was a Federalist Continuation. Jefferson proclaimed his “Republican Revolution” to help the average famer and reduce the Federal debt the United States had acquired due to war and to reduce the power of the Federal Government. Jefferson had based the ideals of the “Republican Revolution” on his strict interpretation of the Constitution and did not believe in loose interpretations, opposing Hamilton’s proposal of having a Federal Bank. Jefferson would largely focus on helping the average person as he would try to support the common man through his decisions. He would try to lower the Federalists control as well power and give equality. Jefferson would try to help the common man especially the yeoman farmer as well as reducing the debt the United States had. Jefferson did keep his word to have a “Republican Revolution” by helping the average farmer as he made the Louisiana Purchase. The Louisiana Purchase was a purchase Jefferson made to buy the land from Napoleon because Napoleon being at war saw the land useless to defend. Desperate to get rid of the land, Napoleo... ... middle of paper ... ... his executive power and increased the power of executive branch even though he had original beliefs that the president should not be too strong. Jefferson promising a “Republican Revolution” followed the Federalists path ended increasing debt as well as the power of the executive branch. Jefferson had made promises to Americans, some of his promises in particularly the increase of land for the yeoman farmer and promised not kept were decreasing National debt and Federal power. Jefferson’s presidency was to a certain extent a “Republican Revolution” but at the same time it had also become a continuation of Federalists policies. While making decisions for the best interests of Democratic Republicans, Jefferson had chosen the same path of the Federalist in order to keep his promises, and had to sacrifice some of the ideals and promises of the “Republican Revolution.”
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