By Adams, John; Jefferson, Thomas; Jefferson, Thomas; Ferling, John E.; Adams, John
It used to be a competition of titans: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, heroes of the innovative 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 situation within which the younger republic teetered at the fringe of collapse.
Adams vs. Jefferson is the gripping account of a turning element in American heritage, a dramatic fight among events with profoundly various visions of ways the state will be ruled. The Federalists, led through Adams, have been conservatives who preferred a robust significant govt. 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 used to be a barroom brawl each piece as ruthless as any glossy contest, with mud-slinging, scare strategies, and backstabbing. The low aspect got here while Alexander Hamilton revealed a devastating assault on Adams, the pinnacle 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 conflict 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 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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Extra info for Adams vs. Jefferson : the tumultuous election of 1800
Indeed, a man from a humble American family could become president of the United States, as John Adams had demonstrated. ”24 Yet despite the changes, most inhabitants of the new nation lived lives that bore striking similarities to those of their American counterparts of a century before. Most Americans still lived on farms, rising before the first ruddy light of day to work their fields or tend the house and retiring to bed soon after darkness gathered in the evening sky. Like their predecessors, most lived in sparsely furnished plain houses about the size of today’s two-car garage, sharing the dwelling with several children and sometimes with an aging parent or unmarried sister.
Timothy Pickering. Engraving (detail) by T. B. Welch from a drawing by Longacre after Gilbert Stuart. , LC-USZ61-390) “Congressional Pugilists” Etching, 1798. , LC-USZ62-1551) A New Display of the United States. Engraving by Amos Doolittle, 1799. , LC-USZ62-1798) Abigail Adams. Portrait by Gilbert Stuart, 1800/1815. (Gift of Mrs. ) The President’s House. Watercolor by W. Breton. ) Georgetown and Federal City. Print by T. Cartwright, 1801. , LC-USZ62-4702) John Adams. Portrait by C. B. J. Fevret de Saint-Mémin, 1800–1801.
Jefferson, on the other hand, was in no hurry and did not depart Monticello until November 24. His coach was loaded and the carriage horses fed in the predawn stillness on that cold morning, while Jefferson dressed and ate breakfast. 11 In the first gray light of dawn, Jefferson’s carriage descended the hill, slowly bumping and swaying down the slope. He faced only an intrastate trek until he crossed the Potomac River into the District of Columbia, and it would be brief in contrast to the journey of the Adamses.
Adams vs. Jefferson : the tumultuous election of 1800 by Adams, John; Jefferson, Thomas; Jefferson, Thomas; Ferling, John E.; Adams, John