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What moral dilemmas did Thomas Jefferson face over the Louisiana Purchase? 

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At the center of Thomas Jefferson's political views was his support of Strict Constructionism, by which he argued that the US government needed to be bound to the exact wording of the US Constitution (in this, he opposed the far looser framework for interpretation championed by Alexander Hamilton and the Federalist Party). This viewpoint was a key component to his opposition of the Federalists.

However, the Louisiana Purchase represented a dilemma, by which his practical goals and his ideological views came into conflict with one another, given that, technically speaking, the United States Constitution provided no provisions for this sort of purchase of territory from foreign powers. In this, he opened himself up...

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