Compare and contrast Jefferson’s enforcement of the Embargo Act of 1807 and Washington’s reaction to the Whiskey Rebellion.  

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The only way in which these two were similar was that both presidents were determined to enforce the law.  They both tried hard to make sure that the laws were followed.  To some extent, they are similar in that the military was used in both cases.  However, there is a major difference between the level of force used in the two cases.  In Jefferson's case, the military was being used as more of a police force.  In Washington's case, by contrast, the military was being used to actually crush a rebellion (or to at least threaten to do so).

The major similarity, then, is that both presidents were willing to go to great lengths to enforce the laws.  The major difference is that Washington had to use serious threats of significant force to put down a rebellion while Jefferson's efforts were more like simple efforts to catch individual lawbreakers.