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How did Thomas Jefferson's presidency both reflect and conflict with his vision on a...

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coolmaster | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted October 1, 2011 at 4:27 AM via web

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How did Thomas Jefferson's presidency both reflect and conflict with his vision on a nation of small farmers?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 1, 2011 at 4:38 AM (Answer #1)

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For the most part, Jefferson's presidency reflected his vision.  For one thing, he was instrumental in repealing taxes that had been imposed by the Federalists and which were a major concern to small farmers.  Another thing that he did that really meshed with his vision was his purchase of Louisiana in 1803.  This purchase brought huge new areas of land that could be settled by people who wished to be small farmers.

The major departure from his vision was his decision not do undo many of the things that Alexander Hamilton had done during his time.  For example, Jefferson allowed the Bank of the United States to continue to exist.  This was something that was seen as more beneficial to industrialists and merchants than to farmers.

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