Thomas Jefferson Vs Founding Brothers

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Throughout the development of the early United States, there has been fierce differences between the Federalist party and the Democratic-Republican party. With the Napoleonic Wars intensifying in Europe, its impact on America is beginning to arouse questions of the nation’s future. Within the Election of 1800, John Adams (Federalist party) and Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican party) run against eachother, both wanting their country to strive, however with vast differences in their ideals. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are acknowledged as the founding fathers of our nation and both hold significant achievements. In Ellis’ book, Founding Brothers, many themes Ellis uses develop and portray his ideas in this election. The Election …show more content…
He wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute of Religious freedom. Jefferson acquired a sense of eloquence to his writing, however he was a terrible public speaker. This trait allowed him however, to succeed in his writing, which helped America become its own country. Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republican party exemplified their goals as reducing the size of the Government, lowering taxes, shrinking the military, and to enable the agrarian utopia. The ideal of an agrarian society enlists that the country should live as a pastoral, bucolic, empire of liberty rather than an English-style, industrial, mercantile, empire. During his presidency he achieved most of his goals. During his term, he is most known for the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expeditions. These accomplishments lead America in doubling the size of its country and allowing everyone in America to own farmland. Ultimately, Jefferson wanted every white man in America to become independent and adopt freedom. He wanted this idea of independence, meaning that men did not need the marketplace to survive and that every man who grows their own primary crops would sustain virtue. This leads to the explanation of Thomas Jefferson’s most controversial policy, the Embargo Act. Because Britain was seizing American exporting and trading ships, Jefferson stopped all ships exporting and importing …show more content…
Everyone who revolutionized against England in the late 1700’s were ultimately drawn apart by two parties, who wanted different things for America. The true meaning of the revolution was that people left England because of the big, powerful, oppressive Government. The people of England who left for America, left for freedom and their rights. Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams allowed the people of America to be independent and withhold freedom. Ellis shows in the book, Founding Brothers that one of the main themes is collaboration and friendship. Ellis explains to us that the Founding Fathers first developed a friendship with eachother. How these relationships are affected by ongoing political issues is what Ellis portrays in the book. The friendship between Jefferson and Adams allowed America to have a peaceful transfer of presidential parties and adhere America together. “Have you read the Papers inclosed they might have given you a moment of Melancholly or at least of Sympathy with a mourning father. They relate wholly to the Funeral of a Son... I sincerely wish you may never experience any thing in any degree resembling it.” Here we see Adams hoping that Jefferson will never have to experience the death of a relative as badly as Adams has. This letter dates back from 1801, one year after Jefferson beat Adams in the Election of 1800. This proves that throughout

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