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

John Ferling


It used to be a competition of titans: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, heroes of the progressive period, as soon as intimate neighbors, 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 concern 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 varied visions of ways the country may be ruled. The Federalists, led by way of Adams, have been conservatives who favorite a powerful critical executive. The Republicans, led by means of 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 was once a barroom brawl each piece as ruthless as any sleek contest, with mud-slinging, scare strategies, and backstabbing. The low element got here whilst Alexander Hamilton revealed a devastating assault on Adams, the pinnacle of his personal celebration, in "fifty-four pages of unremitting vilification." The stalemate within the Electoral collage dragged on via dozens of ballots. Tensions ran so excessive that the Republicans threatened civil struggle if the Federalists denied Jefferson the presidency. eventually a mystery deal that modified a unmarried vote gave Jefferson the White apartment. A devastated Adams left Washington sooner than sunrise on Inauguration Day, too embittered even to shake his rival's hand.

With magisterial command, Ferling brings to existence either the outsize personalities and the hotly contested political questions at stake. He exhibits not only why this second was once a milestone in U.S. historical past, yet how strongly the issues--and the passions--of 1800 resonate with our personal time.

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