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How consistent were the republican principles applied by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison during their presidencies? How did their policies affect the Federalist Party during Jefferson's and Madison's administrations?

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    TJ expanded the powers of the federal government by allowing the government to expand the territory of the U.S. This was done, of course, through the Louisiana Purchase. This was a very Federalist move, considering this required a loos interpretation of the Constitution, thus proving Jefferson's dedication to Jeffersonian Republicanism inconsistent.

    JM and TJ's economic actions, though fairly Federalist in and of themselves, lead to the ultimate demise of the Federalist party. Both refused trade with much of Europe in light of the War of 1812 (thus seizing control over the economy and once AGAIN expanding the powers of the federal gov, as a Federalist would do). Through acts like the Embargo Act and the Non-Intercourse Act, the Federalists saw New England trade suffer and became increasingly discontented with the Republicans. They (the Federalists) gathered in a meeting called the Hartford Convention and they threatened secession. By the time they reached Washington D.C. to propose their plans, the war was already won and they looked like unpatriotic traitors. Subsequently, the Federalists were humiliated and the party fell apart, many of its members' careers ruined by the fiasco.
    Thomas Jefferson and James Madison expanded the powers of the federal government by allowing the government to expand the territory of the U.S. This was done, of course, through the Louisiana Purchase. This was a very Federalist move, thus proving Jefferson's dedication to Jeffersonian Republicanism inconsistent.
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