Adams Vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 (Pivotal Moments in American History)

Adams Vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 (Pivotal Moments in American History)

John Ferling


It was once a competition of titans: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, heroes of the innovative period, as soon as intimate acquaintances, now icy antagonists locked in a fierce conflict for the way forward for the us. The election of 1800 used to be a thunderous conflict of a crusade that climaxed in a impasse within the Electoral university and resulted in a difficulty within which the younger republic teetered at the fringe of cave in.

Adams vs. Jefferson is the gripping account of a turning element in American heritage, a dramatic fight among events with profoundly diverse visions of the way the kingdom could be ruled. The Federalists, led through Adams, have been conservatives who favorite a powerful critical executive. The Republicans, led through Jefferson, have been extra egalitarian and believed that the Federalists had betrayed the Revolution of 1776 and have been backsliding towards monarchy. The crusade itself used to be a barroom brawl each piece as ruthless as any glossy contest, with mud-slinging, scare strategies, and backstabbing. The low element got here while Alexander Hamilton published a devastating assault on Adams, the top of his personal social gathering, in "fifty-four pages of unremitting vilification." The stalemate within the Electoral university dragged on via dozens of ballots. Tensions ran so excessive that the Republicans threatened civil battle if the Federalists denied Jefferson the presidency. eventually a mystery deal that modified a unmarried vote gave Jefferson the White residence. A devastated Adams left Washington prior to sunrise on Inauguration Day, too embittered even to shake his rival's hand.

With magisterial command, Ferling brings to lifestyles either the outsize personalities and the hotly contested political questions at stake. He indicates not only why this second used to be a milestone in U.S. background, yet how strongly the issues--and the passions--of 1800 resonate with our personal time.

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