Jefferson in Power
by Claude G. Bowers

Covers Jefferson's 8 years as president. Unlike Adams, Jefferson allowed freedom of the press. He replaced a lot of Federalist judges, reduced taxes, paid off much of the national debt, avoided war with Spain, France, and England. However, he imposed an embargo on trade with England, proposed government projects in education, highway construction, etc., and paid France for Louisiana with tax money. He did not even disband the Navy.

Bowers is too enthusiastic. He approves everything that TJ did. He describes events in an overly dramatic way. "Never before in history..." "he was the greatest orator..." "He was second to none..." etc. The Federalists has several "greatest" orators and publicists. His style detracts from his credibility.

Year Read: 1977

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