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Name: Sudeep MAINALI
Course: 1301:83428
April 14, 2016
Knowledge in Action 3 The original “Man of the People,” Thomas Jefferson, was born on April 13 in 1743.Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), author of the Declaration of Independence and the third U.S. president, was a leading figure in America’s early development. During the American Revolutionary War (1775-83), Jefferson served in the Virginia legislature and the Continental Congress and was governor of Virginia. He later served as U.S. minister to France and U.S. secretary of state, and was vice president under John Adams (1735-1826). Jefferson, who thought the national government should have a limited role in citizens’ lives, was elected president in 1800. During his two terms in
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Eventually, a sense of lassitude set in, driven perhaps as much by economics as by ideology. For as a large-scale slave-owner throughout life, a significant portion of his fortunes were predicated upon the peculiar institution.
Has anyone ever wondered how our country became as large as it is today? It is all thanks to Thomas Jefferson. During his presidency, he bought the Louisiana Territory, which included the entire west portion of the current United States. In 1803, Congress and Napoleon Bonaparte, French president, made a compromise stating that France will sell the Louisiana Territory for about fifteen million dollars. Jefferson obliged to the plan, and the two countries signed a treaty. Taking out fifteen dollars from the nation was a huge downfall. Then, Jefferson was blamed for the economic loss because of the Embargo Act of 1807. The Embargo Act of 1807 prohibited any trade connections with foreign countries. During this time, France and Britain had a war. France proclaimed that America could not trade with Britain, and the same with Britain. Jefferson passed the Embargo Act of 1807 thinking that it would stop the restrictions of foreign trade, but he was proved wrong. Jefferson soon realized that this was a horrible idea and repealed the act in 1809. This may be one of his flaws, but the Louisiana Purchase doubled our nation’s size. Jefferson also supported the Lewis and Clark expedition, that helped mapped the west

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