Thomas Jefferson DBQ
Inaugurated into his presidency in March of 1801, Thomas Jefferson gradually began to stray away from his Democratic-Republican views. Prior to his presidency, Jefferson, along with his Republican followers, practiced ideas including a strict interpretation of the Constitution, a weak central government while obtaining strong state governments, and a separation of powers. When he came to office, he proved to the citizens of the United States that one’s views may easily be swayed when crucial political decisions are needed to be made. Thomas Jefferson contradicted his previous views as a Democratic-Republican by his decisions made through a loose interpretation of the Constitution, his failure to act in the best interest of the majority, and his violation of the separation of powers, proving to the people of the United States that even a highly respected politician can make unethical choices once given the power. Despite his original advocating of a strict interpretation of the Constitution, Thomas Jefferson’s actions during his presidency opposed his original ideas. According to a speech given by Jefferson on his opinion of a National Bank, he states that the incorporation of a centralized bank has not “been delegated to the United States, by the Constitution,” as referred to in the tenth amendment (Document C). The dispute between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, the Democratic-Republicans and the Federalists, concerning how the Constitution should be construed, was a huge controversy between the two political parties in their premature age. In 1803, Jefferson executed an action that rather resembled that of a Federalist; he found a loophole in The Constitution in order to purchase the territory of Louisiana. Nowhere in the Constitution did it state that this was an acceptable act done by the president and the Federal government, so Jefferson created a treaty in order to purchase this land so his act would not be deemed...
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