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While Jefferson was limited in his ability to dismantle the entire federalist structure once he entered office, he did keep his promise to whittle away at the federalist system and support republican values. What was he able to do to roll back federalist achievement and support the republican vision of government and society.

I disagree with your premise that Jefferson was limited in his ability.  He had strong majorities in both the House and Senate for his entire administration.  He could have repealed pretty much anything he wanted.  In fact, many members of his own party in Congress wanted him to do more.

That said, Jefferson did reverse course on some things.  For example, his party opposed many government taxes.  He repealed the Whiskey tax, which had been particularly unpopular in the west.  He also reduced the size of the Army and Navy.  He reversed laws that made it more difficult for foreigners to become US Citizens.

I hope this helps!
- Mike  

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Michael Troy


I can answer just about any question on early American History. My specialties are the American Revolution through the Civil War/Reconstruction. I also have greater expertise in matters relating to military, political or legal history.


I have lectured at George Washington University regarding the Civil War, as well as several elementary school Civil War demonstrations. I was also a member of a Civil War reenactment group for about 10 years.


J.D. University of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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