In 1776, Jefferson wrote the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence. This document was written in order for the colonies to separate from the British. With this, by July 4 1776, the colonies became indpendent.
The goverment has too much power!
In 1787, Jefferson signed the Constitution which means that he approved of it. This made people think Jefferson was a hypocrite later on in his presidency. The Constitution was then ratified in 1788.
Views of the Constitution
I should follow the Constitution closely
In 1801, Jefferson was elected as the third president of the United States. Jefferson went on to serve as president for 8 years/ 2 terms. Jefferson's ideas were different from the previous president, John Adams, because he was an Anti-Federalist.
We are finally able to get this country going.
Jefferson was an anti-federalist so he believed in... 1. Less powerful federal government 2. More power to the states 3. The "working man"
Jefferson approved of the Constitution by signing it, even though it was heavily influenced by federalist ideas. Jefferson still had very strict views of the Constitution , as he did not believe in implied powers. Jefferson followed the Constiution very closely up until the Louisiana Purchase
In 1803, during Jefferson's presidency, the U.S and France made a 15 million dollar deal in order for the U.S to acquire more land (87,000 square miles). People found this was hypocritical from Jefferson because he had strict views of the Constitution, but it doesn't say in the Constitution that the president can buy land.