Thomas Jefferson the Pragmatist

By Andrew Chant & Messina

Hamilton's Financial Plan

The Financial Plan of Hamilton created the Bank of the United States, funded the national debt at par, and assumed the revolutionary war debts of the states. Prior to his presidency, Jefferson never would have agreed with all these things.

Hamilton and Jefferson

Hamilton (left) created a financial plan the Jefferson (right) didn't agree with the plan, however he kept some parts for the benefit of the United States.

The Louisiana Purchase

The Louisiana Purchase

Jefferson sent Monroe to purchase Louisiana with a $10 million budget, but Monroe went over and bought it for $15 million plus some land west. That's 3 cents per acre! Jefferson wasn't given the power to buy land in the Constitution, but it ended up being a great deal for the United States to benefit from.

Alien and Sedition Acts

Alien and Sedition

The acts by James Madison set off by the XYZ affair impacted people's civil liberties and the rights of immigrants like freedom of speech. You had to be an american citizen of 14 years to be able to vote. One of the first things Jefferson did during his presidency was to cut out the alien and sedition acts.

The Embargo Acts

Cutting Supplies off

In 1807 near the end of his presidency, Jefferson proposed the embargo acts. He was sure that if they got rid of all trade with Britain and France, they would be forced by economic necessity to respect american neutral rights. Within a month, citizens all around the US have lost their jobs and smuggling became a popular alternative into Canada. Jefferson tried to get America's neutral rights respected, but many consequences came with it.

Federalists in the Judiciary Body

The Attack on Samuel Chase

The Judicial Branch was filled with Federalist judges. In attempt to make the Judicial Branch support the Democratic-Republican party, so the Democratic-Republicans and Thomas Jefferson tried to impeach Samuel Chase(left) because Samuel Chase called them athiests. Chase was found not guilty because the reason for impeachment was not strong enough for Chase to be removed. Jefferson went against his strict belief in the Constitution to support his Democratic-Republican party.