11.5 Thomas Jefferson and the Republican Party

  • Wealthy
  • Owned slaves
  • Brilliant
  • "farmer" - tobacco planter
  • thought banks were anti farmer
  • believed that ordinary, informed people could make good decisions for the country
  • Thought smaller national government was better, but strong state governments
  • favored economy based on agriculture
  • favored France over Britain (some opposed the tactics of Citizen Genet)
  • thought that any addition to the constitution was unconstitutional