Chapter 8 Republican Ascendancy: The Jeffersonian Vision

D. Conflict With the Barbary States

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D. Conflict With the Barbary States

Jefferson ended his first term by sending the Navy into the Mediterranean to

fight the North African states who demanded tribute from ships sailing through

the Mediterranean. Although the United States could not defeat the Barbary

States, the show of force induced them to respect American rights. The

American people thoroughly approved Jefferson's actions, foreign and domestic, and reelected him in 1804.


The success of Jefferson's first term disguised growing American problems. This section examines three: Jefferson's attack on the federal court system; conflicts between Republicans; and the sectional dispute over the slave trade.

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