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Thomas Jefferson's Reforms
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States. His presidency lasted 2 terms, or 8 years. He
officially became president on March 4th of 1801.
Jefferson wanted to make many reforms to American Society throughout his presidency. He restored freedom of the press, scaled down the navy and army, stopped internal taxes, and began attempting to pay off
national debt. His reformation was mostly based off of
plans of the government to reduce the amount of
power in the government and sought to further peace, equality, and freedom. He also helped recieve the
land given in the Louisiana Purchase. Thomas Jefferson: Thomas Jefferson made many efforts to protect individual rights, one major one being freedom of the press. He was a strong advocate of the freedom of press. Restoring freedom of press was one of his main goals when he was elected president. Freedom of press was restored in 1801. Freedom of the Press Thomas Jefferson stopped or repealed all internal taxes. He did this because he believed that taxing was wrong. He also said that the government should protect its citizens from internal taxation. He felt that war debts and other costly occurrences should be paid off with as little burden to the citizens as possible. Internal Taxes The Louisiana Purchase was a purchase of land bought from France in 1803 for about 15,000,000 dollars. It is approximately 828,000 square miles of land located in the middle region of the United States. Gaining the Louisiana Purchase made a very large impact on the United States because it nearly doubled the amount of land. Louisiana Purchase Retirement Thomas Jefferson http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=thomas+jefferson&view=detail&id=C1B0D0F249F3DADADE8C3CCBC0DA65F07F95DE58 The Jeffersonian Reformation Navy and Army Jefferson also didn't believe in too large of a military force. He wanted to scale down the amount of people in the army and navy. He reduced the army from 4,000 men to 2,500 men. He cut down navy ships from 25 to 7. National Debt Jefferson began paying off all national debts. He feared that the debt that had already occurred in the United states would soon create a class of people dependent on the government. Bruns, R. (1986). Encyclopedia of world biography. Retrieved from
Library of Congress. (2010, November 03). Establishing a federal republic.
Retrieved from http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/jefferson/jefffed.html
http://www.google.com/imgres?q=louisiana+purchase&um=1&hl=en&client=safari&sa=N&rls=en&biw=1366&bih=563&tbm=isch&tbnid=oHtdInzsQK_AGM:&imgrefurl=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LouisianaPurchase.png&docid=UZ6fbFBVVYTKIM&imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4d/LouisianaPurchase.png&w=1480&h=906&ei=tEJqUNXHKOL00gGhs4CQBA&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=309&sig=103098515298813739815&page=1&tbnh=128&tbnw=209&start=0&ndsp=10&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:0,i:88&tx=67&ty=68 The Louisiana Purchase Peterson, M. (2000). American national biography online . Retrieved from http://www.littlejohnexplorers.com/jeff/jefferson/jeffersonbiography.htm Although Jefferson did serve two terms as president of the united states only his first was memorably successful. After his second term he stepped down. Although he still tried to stay involved in society. He did such by helping resolve the Virginia Constitution and helping to free slaves. Even after his death, he is still remembered as great leader of our country and he is thought of often for all of the outstanding accomplishments he made for the United States. He died July 4th of 1826, at the age of 83.
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