Adams Vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800

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Adams Vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800

Author: John Ferling
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 260
Cover Price: $ 19.99

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The election of 1800, pitting Thomas Jefferson's Democratic Republicans against John Adams' Federalists, was a thunderous clash of a campaign that climaxed in a deadlock in the Electoral College. This is the gripping account of a turning point in American history, a dramatic struggle between two parties with profoundly different visions of how the nation should be governed.

Background Information

The election of 1800 resulted in the election of the Democratic-Republican Thomas Jefferson, sympathetic to France and hostile to aristocracy. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, founded the Democratic-Republican Party and was the third President. John Adams of Massachusetts was a Founding Father, the second president, and the founder of an American political dynasty. The Federalists were those like Alexander Hamilton and John Adams who felt that a strong central government in the new nation was essential to peace and prosperity.