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jeffersonian republicans dbq help??

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jeffersonian republicans dbq help??

i was wondering if anyone could help me with this dbq...it's our first one and to be honest i don't really know what i am doing. the question is:

with respect to the federal constitution, the jeffersonian republicans are usually characterized as strict constructionists who were opposed to the borad constructionism of the federalists. to what extent was this characterization of the two parties accurate during the presidencies of jefferson and madison?

i clicked on the sticky with topic lists for the early 19th century but none of them worked for me. any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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Prep_Needs_An_A wrote:I did this one a month or so ago...Jeffersonian Republicans were strict constructionists in aspects of Jefferson dismantling the Navy and placing limitations on the military, Jefferson also upheld to Washington's two term policy of presidency, Madison's vetoing of the of the Internal Improvement Bill in 1817 shows he thought internal improvements by the federal government was against the Constitution. The buying of the Louisiana Purchase by Jefferson shows a loose constructionist view because he bought it without the Senate's approval. The Federalist party showed a strict constuctionist view when they required Congress to have two-thirds in order to pass things such as admissions of states and declarations of war. Hamilton's economic program was kept by Jefferson which gave the federal government the right to tax which is a loose view. The embargo shows Jefferson's loose view, too. in one of the documents Jefferson states that he feels the government needs to be flexible and change with the times. John Marshall supported the Elastic Clause which was definately a loose constructionist view because it allowed a flexible interpretation of the Constitution. In all, both parties showed loose and strict views in regards to the Constitution. Hope some of this helps! : )

Thank you for looking around first, and I'm hoping that the links will work soon. In the mean time, please feel free to PM me if you wish to see what others have posted on a subject. I hope this helps, and if you need any more help feel free to ask. Also, when you finish I'd be happy to look over it for you if you want.

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