Distrustful of a powerful central government

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Distrustful of a powerful central government, the United States originally organized  themselves according to a weak federal plan under the Articles of Confederation. This  approach was quickly shown to be inadequate, and a re-organization occurred under  the Constitution, ratified in 1788. The first two Presidents, George Washington and John  Adams, proceeded with an eye to consolidating federal power under a strong executive  branch of government.  Although Jefferson was the self-professed enemy of such nationalization, he did even  more than his predecessors to cement the overriding power of the federal body as third  President. Through the Louisiana Purchase and the Embargo Act, Jefferson unleashed 
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Unformatted text preview: an unprecedented fiscal and political reach, giving the federal government the unassailably strong position it enjoys even at present. But while United States continued to prosper in the wake of the War of 1812, trouble loomed in the clashes to come between abolitionists and large scale slave owners. Jefferson, never able to resolve this problem for himself, would pass the legacy of conflict on to the next generation. Ultimately, it would take the cauldron of a civil war to solve the slave problem. Only through this destructive process was the United States finally molded into the inviolable entity that we know today....
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