How would you explain "A Future Member of Jefferson's Cabinet, 13 August 1800" (Thomas Jefferson to Gideon Granger)I need to write an essay

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that you could pull much from this article that is fairly consistent with what Jefferson wanted to do at the outset of his administration.  His fear that America will become a "monarchy" that would "sink the state governments" reveals a couple of interesting themes to be brought out through his tenure as president.  The fear of a central government that would represent a monarchy is something that motivated his embrace of smaller and more local state governments.  Additionally, the fear of "monarchy," in general is something in which Jefferson held a passionate belief.  At the same time, the document suggests that there is a danger in merely suggesting "a change to our Constitution."  This reflects Jefferson's strict belief in a Constructionist view of the document, in that it should not be subject to changes.  These ideas of constructionism of the Constitution, smaller and more local governments, and a fear of centralized government were brought out in the letter to Granger and represented in much of his theory of government as president.

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