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The Presidency of Thomas Jefferson Paperback – July 21, 1976
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"A vigorous reexamination of a familiar figure by a scholar who writes with verve and conviction." --Presidential Studies Quarterly
"This fast-moving, boldly stated account challenges much of current scholarship on Jefferson's presidency." --Journal of Southern History
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This book is part of the Univ. of Kansas' history of the presidency series and the second effort from McDonald (he wrote a wonderful history of Washington's Administration). This book is about the policies, international relations, politics and style of America's third chief executive. Running at less than 200 pages, McDonald manages to be both thorough and interesting in his telling of this period.
Jefferson and his Administration produced wonderful contradictions. His party espoused a "Republican" philosophy that basically wanted to liberate Americans from Hamilton's financial system and Adam's heavy handedness as witnessed by the Alien and Sedition Acts.
Jefferson's early term saw him implement much of his program. As McDonald points out, few if any other Presidents have had their way so successfully with Congress. Jefferson also added greatly to the US through the Louisianna Purchase, despite his concerns with the Constitutionality of the aquisition.
Jefferson and his Administration reached rough shoals in foreign affairs. Blinded by anti-British sentiment, the Administration prooved less than adroit at negotiating the position between Napolean and England. America was buffetted by this struggle and it reverberated back on our domestic situation. Suddenly, Jefferson's first term accomplishments became liabilities and were revealed as short sighted. The scheduled reduction of America's debt through the slashing of the Navy budget left us without the ability to challenge foreign powers.Read more ›
Jefferson’s first term in office was a smashing success. His crowning achievement, of course, was the Louisiana purchase, which nearly doubled the size of the United States. Had Jefferson’s presidency ended then and there, it’s arguable he would have gone down in history as one of America’s greatest presidents.Read more ›
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Forest McDonald points out in his Preface that historians write a lot about the ideas and writings of Thomas Jefferson but tend to overlook his 2 terms as President. Read morePublished on February 16, 2009 by Roger Berlind
McDonald analyzes Jefferson's presidency, discussing the early successes in stopping Federalism, as well as the limitations to the changes that Jefferson and the Republicans could... Read morePublished on December 29, 2004 by Steve Fast