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The Revolution of 1800

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The Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic
Thomas Jeffersons First Term  






“Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state.” Alexander Hamilton, 1790



“While we have land to labor then, let us never wish to see our citizens occupied at a work bench, or twirling a distaff… For the general operations of manufacture, let our workshops remain in Europe…the mobs of great cities add just so much to the support of pure government, as sores do to the strength of the human body” Thomas Jefferson, 1784






Elections that Made a Difference



#1 Federalist and Republican Mudslingers 

Whispering campaigns and virulent attacks directed towards the candidates 





#2 The Jeffersonian "Revolution of 1800"  

Under the Constitution the tie could be broken only by the House of Representatives (see Art. II, Sec. I, para. 2).



IMPACT- The Election of 1800 

A peaceful transfer of power based on electoral results both parties accepted


The Constitution’s 12 th Amendment, ratified in 1804, instructs electors to cast separate votes for President and Vice President.





#3 Responsibility Breeds Moderation


"We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists" 



Jefferson acts out democracy








#4 Jeffersonian Restraint 

Jefferson puts a Democratic-Republican spin on the Hamiltonian financial plan. - How?



#1 Scale back government spending


#2 friendships but no alliances


# 3 strict interpretation of the Constitution




First Job – the spending!!!


Scale down Hamilton’s plan (reduced and eventually eliminated the excise tax) ; got more money from import duties (tariff) and sale of western lands (price reduced to $1.25 an acre; minimum purchase 80 acres; created easy payment plans)






































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