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James Monroe - The Monroe Doctrine



James Monroe - The Monroe Doctrine
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     challenging words:    statehood, mandatory, ratify, colleague, presidency, well-liked, military, agreement, wealthy, re-election, purpose, extremely, government, gain, attempt, power
     content words:    James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson, Revolutionary War, Virginia Constitutional Convention, United States, Louisiana Purchase, Missouri Compromise, Monroe Doctrine, Central America, Other Spanish


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James Monroe - The Monroe Doctrine
By Jane Runyon
  

1     James Monroe was a Virginia gentleman. He was born into a wealthy family in 1758. He had all the advantages a young man could have in those days. He attended college at William and Mary in Williamsburg. One of his classmates and a good friend was Thomas Jefferson. Monroe was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. After the war, he was anxious to practice law in Fredricksburg, Virginia.
 
2     Monroe sided with Jefferson in his choice of governments for the new country. A group who called themselves Federalists believed that an extremely strong central government was called for. They did not trust the common man to make decisions for all citizens. Jefferson and Monroe believed that the powers of the government should be spread out among all the people. This group was given the name Democratic-Republicans or just Republicans, for short. Monroe voted to ratify the Constitution while a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention.
 
3     In 1790, Monroe was elected as a United States senator from Virginia. From 1794 to 1796 Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth, lived in France. He had been appointed as a minister to France. Monroe had a deep interest in the French and their attempt to develop their own independence. His friendship with the French government became quite helpful later. He was instrumental in working out a deal with the French to buy land that would become known as the Louisiana Purchase.

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