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1 Some English observers may have viewed Jeffersonian Republicans as hypocritical for several reasons Jefferson ran for the presidency in order to achieve specific goals such as the reduction of the size and cost of the federal government the repeal of Federalist legislation and to maintain international peace Jefferson was successful for some time in reducing the size and cost of the federal government He closed several American embassies in Europe He cut military spending by reducing the size of the US Army by 50 percent and retiring a majority of the navys warships However despite all these cut expenses Jefferson found it suitable to accommodate the Louisiana Purchase As the United States increased its land territory westward the Jeffersonian democracy continued and sought to remove Native Americans from the path of the white mans progress Indians were often murdered even though Jeffersonians disclaimed any intention to destroy Indians Jefferson later increased federal power to enforce the Embargo Act of 1807 His recommendation for an embargo of American goods failed to win foreign respect for American neutrality during the French Revolution Jefferson nearly led the country to the brink of war The Embargo policy succeeded only in depressing the economy and angering northern merchants and was later repealed in 1809 Jefferson also signed another bill in 1807 for a law that prohibited the importation of slaves into the United States Poor enforcement by America resulted in illegal operations of slave smugglers Southerners did not cooperate and for many years African slaves continued to poor into southern ports It is easy to conclude that the members of Jeffersonian democracy declared their passion for liberty and equality but in practice they lived in a society whose members accepted slavery and sought to remove Native Americans out of the white mans path While some Americans praised Jeffersons pragmatism others felt betrayed2 It is clear that progress had been achieved between 1741 and 1791 regarding the murder of slaves
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