Thomas Jefferson's Presidency

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What major political developments took place during Thomas Jefferson's administration?

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Thomas Jefferson's victory in the United States' presidential election of 1800 marked the triumph of his anti-Federalist forces against the Federalist Party. Many of Jefferson's policies during this time were focused, therefore, on undoing the policies of his ideological adversaries and, during the Jefferson presidency, the Federalist Party began to decay and eventually went extinct.

Jefferson oversaw the unraveling of the fiscal policies of Alexander Hamilton. Specifically, he began a program of cutting spending and eliminating taxes, such as the excise tax on whiskey, with the ultimate goal of eliminating U.S. foreign debt. In foreign affairs, he instigated the political isolation of the United States, supporting the Embargo Act which effectively sealed American borders. Despite this,...

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