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 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 was once a thunderous conflict of a crusade that climaxed in a impasse within the Electoral university and resulted in a main issue during which the younger republic teetered at the fringe of collapse.
Adams vs. Jefferson is the gripping account of a turning element in American background, a dramatic fight among events with profoundly varied visions of the way the state will be ruled. The Federalists, led via Adams, have been conservatives who preferred a robust vital govt. The Republicans, led via 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 every piece as ruthless as any sleek contest, with mud-slinging, scare strategies, and backstabbing. The low aspect got here whilst Alexander Hamilton published 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 battle if the Federalists denied Jefferson the presidency. ultimately a mystery deal that modified a unmarried vote gave Jefferson the White condominium. 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 indicates not only why this second was once 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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9 The strangest news to reach Monticello that year arrived around Independence Day and afforded Jefferson the novel experience of reading of his own death. 10 President Adams had left home in October, hoping to welcome Congress—due to assemble on November 20—to its new Potomac site with his State of the Union address. 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.
I am deeply in debt to Angela Mehaffey and her staff in the interlibrary loan office at the Ingram Library of the State University of West Georgia for their unflaggingly gracious assistance in meeting what at times must have seemed to be my unending requests. My wife, Carol, bears the real brunt of it, of course, and as always she has been understanding and supportive of my work, including the travel and the distractions that go with it. February 2004 John Ferling ADAMS VS. JEFFERSON 1 Election Eve, 1800 PRESIDENT JOHN ADAMS awakened early on the soot-black morning of October 13, 1800.
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