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Running Head: JEFFERSON’S AMERICAWritten Assignment 5: Jefferson’s AmericaMichael EshThomas Edison State University1
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JEFFERSON’S AMERICAWritten Assignment 5: Jefferson’s AmericaThe second presidential election in American history was a closely contested race between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Jefferson edged out Burr by a very slim margin and became the second American president. In this essay, we will examine the vision that Jefferson had for America in the areas of economy, education, culture, and politics, and whether or not his dreams in each area became reality. We will also briefly look at how Jefferson’s policies conflicted with the vision of a Seneca Indian named Handsome Lake.Jefferson believed in an economy that would be made up primarily of farmers. He was not opposed to commercial endeavors, as he always felt that farmers would sell their crops all over the nation and even around the world. He was also not opposed to industry. He believed that some manufacturing capacity should be developed in the United States. Hewas, however, opposed to the building of large cities, and he felt that a primarily industrial economy would lead to the establishment of cities, due to its need to house many workers. According to Alan Brinkley, Jefferson “feared urban mobs as ‘sores upon the body politic.’” (2015, pg. 172) Rather, Jefferson’s ideal for the country was a society of primarily small property owners who would farm and live off their own land.Jefferson’s political party, the Republicans, were big promoters of the idea of having a country of educated citizens. According to the Brinkley, Jefferson himself called strongly for a national “crusade against ignorance.” (2015, pg. 181) The Republicans wanted to establish a nationwide network of public schools. This school system would be primarily focused on white males, who were the prospective voters in elections, and they would receive free education. African Americans were considered an inferior race, and so they were excluded from the plan. There was, however, an interest in educating Indians, for, 3

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