Essay about The Louisiana Purchase By Mr. Jefferson

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The Louisiana Purchase is an event that caused a great deal of controversy during the early 1800s. This vast tract of land was purchased by Mr. Thomas Jefferson before the government had a chance to approve it. Congress did indeed approve this purchase, but it was only after they decided not to analyze the constitution too in-depth. This is the very reason that so many Americans were split on this issue. Despite the controversy, one thing is certain, the Louisiana Purchase has opened our eyes and helped us gain a better knowledge on how our constitution works. It has also changed how we view the way our nation acquires land. A man that goes by the name of “Phocion” stated, “It is notorious that the people of the United States are at this time divided in to two parties, the one attached to the administration of Mr. Jefferson and the other hostile man, his principles and his conduct. That whatever policy the former recommends or pursues is assailed by the latter with violence unknown to any period of our history.” (Kentucky Gazette and General Advertiser. September 27, 1803. Print.) This quote states that this political issue essentially split or country into two separate groups. One of these groups favored a looser interpretation of the constitution, while the other group favored the more strict following of the constitution. Personally, I favor the looser interpretation of the constitution and firmly believe in it. That being said, I also support the way the Louisiana…

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