Jefferson: A Pragmatic Leader
The 5 Reasons Why
Reason 1: Jefferson Kept Hamilton's National Bank
Reason 2: Jefferson Kept Hamilton's Way of Paying Off the War Debt
Reason 3: Jefferson Approved the Louisiana Purchase
Jefferson believed that the Constitution should be interpreted very literally. When faced with the opportunity of buying a large amount of land for a very low price, he was torn because the Constitution did not say that the president could take this action. He decided to buy the land, however, because he knew that it would help the nation grow even though the Constitution did not explicitly allow him this action.
Reason 4: Jefferson Passed the Embargo Act of 1807
The Embargo Act was passed in an effort to avoid war with Great Britain and France by keeping American ships out of European waters and also making their nations live without necessary American supplies. The Embargo Act forbade the shipping of all supplies from the US, which hurt the agricultural workers because they had nowhere to send their crops to. Although this was hypocritical of Jefferson because he swore to protect the rights of the agricultural workers, it was mainly pragmatic because he was keeping the nation out of war.