What were the most significant policies of Jefferson's administrations? 

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There were many policies of Jefferson's that were quite important.  Let us look at a few.

  • He did not try to revive the Alien and Sedition Acts.  This helped move the country back toward accepting political freedom.
  • He decided to buy Louisiana from France.  This was probably his most important and longest-lasting policy decision.  By making the purchase, he dramatically increased the size of the country and set it on its way to stretching from "sea to shining sea." 
  • He imposed the embargo on trade with foreign countries.  This one was the one that was most important at the time.  It seriously hurt the American economy in the short term.  However, it did help to force the country to become more self-sufficient in terms of manufacturing goods.