Jefferson Evaluation : Pragmatic
By: Becca Gredone and Hannah Courtney
Jefferson's first decision was to buy as much land as he could without spending over 10 million dollars, but Monroe went over this budget and bought a huge amount of land. Jefferson was pragmatic in this situation because even though that was not his opinion and decision, he was okay with it and kept the deal because he realized that it would probably be best for the people.
Marbury V.S. Madison Case
During the Marbury V.S. Madison case, Jefferson stood strongly for the states rights and he was not following the constitution strictly like he encouraged. During the case Jefferson looked out for what was better for the people and the states, not necessarily worrying about whether or not what happened in the case was constitutional.
The Embargo Act is an important factor of Jefferson being pragmatic. Jefferson passed the Embargo act which didn't let the people export their goods out of the nation. When Jefferson passed this act he was looking out for the people making sure that they don't get hurt during the process. Jefferson was looking out for the better of the people when the act was passed, not as much for the economy.