Thomas Jefferson Essay Examples

Examining the Constitutionality of the Louisiana Purchase

The acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase caused a political debate of the constitution in the early United States government. There was a difference of opinions between politicians including Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine. Many believed that the provisions outlined in the United States Constitution should be strictly followed, but others believe that the Constitution was… View Article

Associate Level Material

Generate a list of at least 10 of President Jefferson’s decisions and actions. Decide which party’s ideals are most aligned with the decision or action and provide an explanation of why the decision or action aligns with that party. Decisions and Actions Democratic-Republican Party’s Beliefs and Ideals Federalist Party’s Beliefs and Ideals The Size of… View Article

Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis: Report

Joseph J. Ellis is a well-known historian. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the college of William and Mary, and his masters and Ph.D. at the University of Yale. Ellis is currently a full time professor of the Commonwealth at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In addition to Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation Ellis… View Article

As Long as the Grass Grows or Water Runs

Directions: As you read the chapter, think about and answer the following questions. What is the major theme in this chapter? The major theme was Native American survival and the effects of Americans taking their land, raiding their communities, and spreading diseases. What evidence does Zinn cite to illustrate the overall impact of Indian removal?… View Article

DBQ Federalists and Democratic-Republicans

Thesis: It would appear that the assertion that Democratic-Republicans were strict interpreters of the Constitution while Federalists were not are only somewhat accurate. The Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval is of particular interest because Jefferson outright states “…I know also, that the laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress… View Article

Myth and Thomas Jefferson

Essay: Topic: Compare and Contrast “Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address” (Chapter 15 in Readings in United States History) and “Hope and Heritage: Myth and Thomas Jefferson”, (Chapter 14 in Readings in United States History) “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” (By Thomas Jefferson). Thomas… View Article

Is the American Dream Dead?

The notion American dream is a fundamental part of the American society and culture, dozens of books, articles and songs deals with this topic, politicians often mention it in their speeches. Though the phrase has different meanings to different people, it suggests an underlying belief that hard work pays off and that the next generation… View Article

Evolution: Federalists to Whigs

America’s early history is marked with drastic changes in political situations and public opinions, leading to the inception and termination of various political parties. These parties came and went, but at any single moment in time, America’s government was controlled by one party, with a second vying for power. One such party was born out… View Article

Outline and essay of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson I. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1836) II. A. Education- Was sent to Dover, Virginia, where he studied Latin with Reverend William Douglas until 1757. He was then sent to the school of the Reverend James Maury at Hanover, Virginia, and spent two years studying Greek and Latin classics, history, literature, geography, and natural science. In… View Article

Strict vs. Loose construction

In the early days of the United States of America when the country was beginning to grow under the newly ratified Constitution, there were two main political parties in existence, the Federalists and the Jeffersonian Republicans. From the time period of 1801-1817, the two presidents that were elected to rule the U.S. were Thomas Jefferson… View Article

Era of good Feelings

Jefferson did not present his candidacy for a third presidential period, but he helped elect the Democratic-Republican candidate from Virginia, James Madison, as president in 1808. Madison was the 4th president who also presided for two periods, from 1809 to 1817. During these years he had to confront serious problems. The worst of them was… View Article

War of 1812

The War of 1812 was a war that lasted for two years that helped the United States to firmly and officially establish its independence. After finishing with the concern of France, England turned its attention over to the United States. At first, the United States did not want to resort to war and fighting (Doc…. View Article

1996 Ap Us History Free Response dbq

Throughout the period 1801-1817, the government was ruled by the Jeffersonian Republican party, whereas the Federalist Party began to slowly fade away from public view. The Jeffersonian Republican party, led by Thomas Jefferson, professed to favor a weak central government through the support of more states’ rights, “…that the states are independent… to…themselves…and united as… View Article

Destiny is not a matter of chance but a matter of choice

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”– “The Declaration of Independence”, 1776 –Thomas Jefferson. Many people believe that their future is a matter of chance and they… View Article

The Rhetorical Image of Freedom

In Phillis Wheatley’s poem, To the Right Honorable William…, evokes a spirit of an American vision that undermines that of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, by reminding the Earl of Dartmouth that all should have freedom but for those who have obtained it, should not forget to thank God. Thomas Jefferson’s vision of America is… View Article