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 associates, now icy antagonists locked in a fierce conflict for the way forward for the U.S.. The election of 1800 was once a thunderous conflict of a crusade that climaxed in a impasse within the Electoral collage and ended in a difficulty during which the younger republic teetered at the fringe of collapse.
Adams vs. Jefferson is the gripping account of a turning aspect in American historical past, a dramatic fight among events with profoundly diverse visions of ways the kingdom might be ruled. The Federalists, led by way of Adams, have been conservatives who favorite a powerful primary executive. The Republicans, led by way 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 sleek contest, with mud-slinging, scare strategies, and backstabbing. The low element got here whilst Alexander Hamilton published a devastating assault on Adams, the top of his personal occasion, 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 warfare if the Federalists denied Jefferson the presidency. eventually a mystery deal that modified a unmarried vote gave Jefferson the White condominium. 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. historical past, yet how strongly the issues--and the passions--of 1800 resonate with our personal time
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Nonetheless, for somewhat similar reasons both young men chose to practice law. 9 After three years he was on his feet, and that enabled him to begin a courtship of Abigail Smith, a clergyman’s daughter in nearby Weymouth. They married three years later, in 1764, and over the next eight years Abigail gave birth to five children, four of whom lived to adulthood. Meanwhile, Adams worked obsessively to get ahead, but it was a labor of love, as he relished the challenge of matching wits with a skilled opponent and of swaying jurors.
Portrait by C. B. J. Fevret de Saint-Mémin. 182) Election Banner, 1800. ) The Capitol building at the time of Jefferson’s inauguration. Watercolor (detail) by William Birch. S. S. House of Representatives Following the Election of 1800. Preface I TRY TO STAY INFORMED on political matters, but I’ve never considered myself a political junkie. Even so, politics has always seemed to have a place in my life, going back, I suppose, to one of the first snapshots of me taken by my parents. In it, my mother is holding me up to see Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was riding past in a presidential limousine.
By 1789 his interest in public affairs had reawakened, perhaps because he saw politics as a remedy for the anguish that pervaded Richmond Hill, where his wife was debilitated with frequent migraine attacks, chronic bouts of black depression, and what she herself characterized as episodes of insanity. Burr began his fitful ascent by accepting the post of state attorney general. Two years later the state legislature ousted Philip Schuyler, the father-in-law of Alexander Hamilton, and appointed Burr to the United States Senate in his stead.
Adams vs. Jefferson : the tumultuous election of 1800 by Adams, John; Jefferson, Thomas; Jefferson, Thomas; Ferling, John E.; Adams, John