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In a time when America was but a wee nation its economy struggling for stability its people divided by lifestyle and political viewpoint Thomas Jefferson ascended to presidency in what was said to be a revolution of politics and democracy Creator and leader of his own political party Jefferson sat his Democratic-Republican buttocks upon a Federalist presidential throne Tom proceeded to convert the tariff-oriented pro-upper class government into one more for the common man yet early into his presidency the revolution seemed to be happening more within his political thinking than his government The self-proclaimed anti-federalist made a steady descent into the dark side Jeffersons Jeffersonian priorities seemed to take on a gradual shade of Federalist tainting his supposed identity as a passionate anti-Federalist As the new president reshaped the government Alexander Hamiltons framework was left practically untouched with the exception of the excise tax In fact Jefferson later became a great supporter of the industry aiding tariffs defying his Democratic-Republican ideal of a laissez-faire pro-agricultural economy He also wound up supporting previously set plans for a central national bank a completely Federalist idea The Louisiana Purchase was possibly the greatest real estate deal ever made at 3 cents an acre but Jefferson succumbed to the deal biting his lip Attempting strict Jeffersonian frugality and adherence to the constitution he allowed himself 10 million to spend on this deal When the price tag showed itself at 15 million and pressure was laid on the man to swiftly finish the deal Jefferson agreed quietly condemning its unconstitutionality Possibly Jeffersons greatest example of Federalist thinking was the Embargo Act of 1807 where his interesting interpretation of the constitution brought him to believe control over commerce allowed the president to stop all foreign trade This directly opposed Democratic-Republican ideals of loose control over economy as well as making him seem like not a nice guy Jeffersons presidency changed his policies drastically thus it is not difficult to
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