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Essay Mobile

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Alejandra Bernabe

on 4 October 2012

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Thesis Statement Throughout the 1801-1816 time period, both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, while philosophically advocating a strict construction of the Constitution, resorted to loose interpretation during the purchase of the Louisiana territory, and the Federalists, originally supporting a broad view, countered the Democratic-Republicans with a literal definition during the Hartford Convention in 1814. Another instance in which, the Jeffersonian Republicans showed broad constructist ideas was when they declared war on Britain. An example of this would be when the Federalists stated their opposition to the war against Britain. They did this by opposing the idea of drafting men, and by setting up the Hartford Convention. The Hartford Convention was also a broad constructionalists idea because it showed how the Federalists attempted to secede from the war against Britain Thus, the Jeffersonian Republicans did exhibit broad constructionalists behavior. The Jeffersonian Republicans started to draft soldiers, which is loose interpretation of the Constitution because it is not said the national government can draft men, yet they argue that they can because of the necessary and proper clause. This was considered broad constructionalist ideas because the Jeffersonian Republicans would normally try to limit military spending and expansion of their military, yet they declared war. For example, when the Jeffersonian Republicans agreed upon the acquisition of the Louisiana territory. However, the Jeffersonian Republicans felt that it was implied that the national government was allowed to buy land This can be considered a loose interpretation of the Constitution because the Constitution does not state whether the national government is permitted to purchase territory for the United States of America. Mobile Essay Essay Question: With respect to the Federal Constitution, the Jeffersonian Republicans are usually characterized as strict constructionists who were opposed to the broad construction of the Federalists. To what extent was this characterization of the two parties accurate during the presidencies of Jefferson and Madison? Primarily, the Jeffersonian Republicans have been broad constructionalists several times. Topic Sentence Topic Sentence Subsequently, the Federalists were also at times strict constructionalists. Topic Sentence This meant the Federalists did not want military expenses to increase or to have to increase the size of the military because they felt it went beyond the power that the national government had and therefore, the Federalists illustrated strict constructionalists views.
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