By John Ferling
It used to be a competition of titans: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, heroes of the progressive period, as soon as intimate acquaintances, now icy antagonists locked in a fierce conflict for the way forward for the USA. The election of 1800 used to be a thunderous conflict of a crusade that climaxed in a impasse within the Electoral university and ended in a obstacle during which the younger republic teetered at the fringe of cave in.
Adams vs. Jefferson is the gripping account of a turning element in American background, a dramatic fight among events with profoundly various visions of ways the state can be ruled. The Federalists, led by way of Adams, have been conservatives who preferred a robust crucial 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 was once a barroom brawl every piece as ruthless as any smooth contest, with mud-slinging, scare strategies, and backstabbing. The low element got here whilst Alexander Hamilton published a devastating assault on Adams, the pinnacle of his personal get together, 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 struggle if the Federalists denied Jefferson the presidency. eventually a mystery deal that modified a unmarried vote gave Jefferson the White condo. A devastated Adams left Washington ahead of 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 used to be a milestone in U.S. heritage, yet how strongly the issues--and the passions--of 1800 resonate with our personal time.
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Adams Vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 (Pivotal Moments in American History) by John Ferling