CONSTITUTION -- STRICT CONSTRUCTION
>Your site has been a great help to me for writing papers. But this question >has given me some trouble. It would be greatly appreciated if u could help me >with a Thesis and 3 Supports for this essay topic. > > With respect to the Federal Constitution, the Jeffersonian Republicans are >usually characterized as strict constructionists who were opposed to the >broad constructionism of the Federalists. To what extent was this >characterization of the two parties accurate during the presidencies of >Jefferson and Madison? Limit your anwer to the period of 1801 to 1817. > >It would be greatly appreciated if u could answer me by tonight if possible. >This is greatly appreciated. Thank You.......My e-mail address is >ScotyDog21@aol.com Jefferson opposed the Federalist interpretation with respect to the Alien and Sedition Laws, the National Bank, and the interpretation of the General Welfare Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause of the Constitution. Opposed to him during his and Madison's administrations were the Federalists, especially in the person of Chief Justice Marshall, whose interpretation of the Federal Constitution was much broader. Jefferson was also opposed to Judicial Review as we know it. He believed that each department of government should interpret the Constitution for itself, even if these interpretations did not agree with one another. See http://etext.virginia.edu/jefferson/quotations/jeff1020.htm and http://etext.virginia.edu/jefferson/quotations/jeff1030.htm and http://etext.virginia.edu/jefferson/quotations/jeff1325.htm "A National Bank"
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