The Jeffersonian System, 1801-1811

The Jeffersonian System, 1801-1811

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The Jeffersonian System, 1801-1811

The Jeffersonian System, 1801-1811

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The title of The Jeffersonian System, chosen for this volume, with the title of its predecessor, Bassett's Federalist System, suggests two rival, and in some respects opposed, groups of political principles and methods of carrying on both the federal and the state governments. Nevertheless, however different in point of view, the problems of Jefferson and Madison were, with the one great exception of the Louisiana purchase, substantially the same as those of Washington and Adams.

The personality of Thomas Jefferson is in many ways the dominant note in the period from 1801 to 1811. In chapters i. and ii. Professor Channing brings out how far Jefferson supposed himself to be inaugurating a new era, and in what respects he tried to undo or to supplant the work of his predecessors. After a brief chapter (iii.) on the Tripolitan War follows, in chapters iv., v., and vi., a systematic account of the conditions, progress, and results of the annexation of Louisiana, to which a convenient introduction may be found in Thwaites's France in America, chapter xviii. In chapter vii. the exploration of the west is taken up at a point where that important subject was left by McLaughlin's

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