Thomas Jefferson And The Jeffersonian Vision

1046 Words Jun 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Thomas Jefferson and his followers had a rigid vision of what they thought America would become, and it was in direct contrast to what many other federalists had planned. The Jeffersonian vision was that of state power, where localism was paramount and labor was independent of major imperialism like that of Europe (Brinkley 183). Although this vision did not come to fruition in whole, certain aspects did persist to shape the future of the country in education, economic development, culture and politics. One of the primary Jeffersonian economic visions was that of an agricultural society, free from big factories and industrial labor conditions. This was unrealistic for America as its population boomed and immigration expanded, leading to an increase in skilled workers coming from Europe (Brinkley 191). Some, such as Samuel Slater, used this knowledge to reconstruct machinery from Europe by making a spinning mill in Rhode Island, which led to the creation of the first factory in America (Brinkley 191). Others were native of the country, like Oliver Evans of Delaware who invented an automated flourmill, a card-making machine, and helped improve the modern steam engine (Brinkley 191). Eli Whitney of Massachusetts invented the cotton gin, greatly expediting the process of preparing cotton for textile use, and revolutionized the entire economy of the South (Brinkley 192). Inventions like these, although isolated at the time, laid the groundwork for a manufacturing society in…
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