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What was Thomas Jefferson’s vision for the United States?

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Jefferson's vision for the United States was that it would become an agrarian nation, composed of white yeoman farmers who owned their own lands. He viewed European societies, especially Great Britain, as corrupt, controlled by moneyed interests and afflicted with the problems that he saw as endemic in urban settings. He thought a society based on manufacturing would always generate class conflict, and he once famously compared cities and the mobs of working class people who inhabited them to "sores" on the body politic. Small landholders, on the other hand, would be independent of the influence of wealthy men, and they would thus be able to participate in republican government. He described these farmers as "the chosen people of God," and he thought that the massive exports that would be generated by their work (and that of enslaved people) could best maintain American independence. 

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