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Examine the Constitutional challenges of the Louisiana Purchase.

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I think that one of the most striking constitutional implications about the Louisiana Purchase resided with Jefferson, himself.  Jefferson was a strict Constructionist.  This meant that he believed that the understanding of the Constitution should only precede from what it says.  The "spirit" of the Constitution is in its specific words and language.  For Jefferson, more problems arise when individuals seek to assert what the Constitution "might say" as opposed to what it actually does so.  In...

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