Thomas Jefferson And The Embargo Act

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Thomas Jefferson was a Founding Father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence. He was elected the second Vice President of the United States and the third President of the United States. He is often regarded as one of the top ten Presidents of the United States for his contributions while in, and out of, office. During his time in office, he negotiated greatly to receive the Louisiana Purchase, which he succeeded in doing. Jefferson also handled the Order of Council extremely well. While Britain put in the Order of Council, directly violating the Treaty of the Seas, Jefferson did not act rashly, and instead knew Britain’s power was too extreme for America to ever take on. From this, we did not go to war, maintaining our country …show more content…
This fact can slightly counter the argument that Jefferson’s foreign policy was the master of events. After going to way and putting the order of council into effect, citizens demanded that we take action against Great Britain. However, Jefferson refused, knowing that they were extremely powerful and we would not be able to handle them. While this in itself was an agile move, the embargo act was not. This act made all exports from the United States illegal. The goal was to force Britain and France to respect American rights during the war between the two. However, before other countries could even react or feel the pressure to respect our rights, citizens began suffering. Because it closed all of the ports and docks in the United States, those who worked on them were now unemployed. Philip Barton, a federalist, claimed that “In an agricultural point of view, it has paralyzed industry” (Doc D). This clearly shows the downfall created by the embargo acts. Because the number of unemployed citizens was so high, the acts were repealed, but not without effects. People were now poor and needed to work back their missing income. However, after taking this into consideration, it can still be concluded that Jefferson was, overall, an exceptional

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