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Jefferson was an admired and outstanding statesman who was grappling unsuccessfully with the moral issue of slavery Thomas Jefferson the great author of the Declaration of Independence opposed slavery his whole life however he never freed his own slaves He championed Enlightenment principles yet never freed himself of the prejudices of his soceity Jefferson was a plantation owner early in his life and had slaves working for him throughout his life Jefferson had tolerated while he didnt accept others who owned slaves Jefferson denounced the slave owners while he was owning and using slaves Although Jefferson was supposedly a good slave owner his hypocritical nature made him accuse others not to own slaves while he himself was owning slaves Another part of the hypocrisy was that Jefferson believed that the slaves were dependent upon the white man while he himself was dependent upon the slaves Jefferson also was hypocritcal in his acquisition of the Loisiana territory In Jeffersonian principles large expansive governments were bad and small was good This was a antithesis of that principle Jefferson knew that the acquisition of the Loisiana territory was beneficial to the welfare of the US According to the constitution nowhere in the constitution is the acquisition of land a right of the government Jeffersons predisposition was to strictly go by the constitution as seen with the national bank controversy this is another contradiction during his administration Since the appropriation of the Lousiana territory was important for the expansion of the united states he temporarily dismissed his principles therefore destroying political traditionsAnother hypocritical event during Jeffersons administration was his acceptance of the National Bank Early in Jeffersons political career Jefferson had debated with Hamilton on whether to have the National Bank When this government was first established it was possible to have kept it going on true principles but the contracted English half-lettured ideas of Hamilton destroyed that hope in the bud We can pay off his debts in
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