Paper: A Discussion on Thomas Jefferson's Work

Other events where his realist and pragmatic decisions are quite palpable may be found in the Embargo Acts and the Louisiana Purchase. The Embargo Acts were clearly not wasted in thought of theories, and were hoped to create immediate impacts on the affected countries (showing pragmatism). The Louisiana Purchase shows Jeffersons pragmatic thinking, as well. He jumped at the chance to purchase the Luisiana area, thinking only of the betterment of the country, not m! attering of the cost, or what existed in that area. However, quite the controversial action of being a realist, or a hypocrite, is his stand on slavery. History and facts would suggest to his hypocrisy, but an analysis of the time period and beliefs would show a very realist approach. Although he did have slaves, Jefferson hoped that slavery would someday end, but he knew that it would not come just over night (when Jefferson died, he freed his own slaves). Even though Jefferson believed in certain philosophies, he realized that running a government was a lot more different than framing one (Dr. Burnett; Period 5). In certain issues, it is obvious how some of Jeffersons philosophies changed during his first to second terms. In the Louisiana Purchase , Jefferson found it as an exception to the constitution not giving the federal government power to purchase territory. Although upset, Jefferson bent his philosophy based on the fear that France might withdraw its proposal. Another exception from Jeffersons philosophies can be represented through his opposition to