Jeffersonian Republicans Essay

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Jeffersonian Republicans



(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 U.S.
Army by 50 percent and retiring a majority of the navy's 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 man's 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merchants and was later repealed in 1809.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 man's path. While some Americans
praised Jefferson's pragmatism, others felt betrayed.

(2) It is clear that progress had been achieved between 1741 and 1791 regarding the murder
of slaves. From the reading, we can see that slaves were recognized as somewhat equal to a
free white man. It is stated a man should receive the same punishment for murdering a
slave as he would for murder of a free white man. However, the nature of punishment for
the murder in State v. Boon cannot be decided. The Law of 1791 was insufficient because
the question remained "What is the proper punishment for the murder of a slave?" Some
believed slaves had no rights and our constitution was not made for them while others saw
them as equal men and women.

(3) From the earliest days of independence, a tension between mechanization and handcraft
marked the American quest for technological advance. Some Americans, however, expressed
grave misgivings about the new technology. As inventions such as the spinning jenny and
the cotton gin promised to save time and labor some Americans refused to accept the new
methods of production. Tradition and disbelief was the reason for such behavior. Many
people insisted to practice methods they were taught by their parents and were afraid to
modernize their lifestyle. Today we see the same thing everyday. This computer I'm writing
on, for example. Who would've ever thought a machine would allow us to type by the push of
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