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By Adams, John; Jefferson, Thomas; Jefferson, Thomas; Ferling, John E.; Adams, John

It was once a competition of titans: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, heroes of the innovative period, as soon as intimate buddies, now icy antagonists locked in a fierce conflict for the way forward for the U.S.. The election of 1800 used to be a thunderous conflict of a crusade that climaxed in a impasse within the Electoral collage and ended in a obstacle within which the younger republic teetered at the fringe of collapse.

Adams vs. Jefferson is the gripping account of a turning element in American historical past, a dramatic fight among events with profoundly diverse visions of the way the kingdom could be ruled. The Federalists, led through Adams, have been conservatives who favourite a powerful primary 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 every piece as ruthless as any glossy contest, with mud-slinging, scare strategies, and backstabbing. The low aspect got here whilst Alexander Hamilton revealed a devastating assault on Adams, the top of his personal social gathering, 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 struggle 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 earlier than 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 used to be 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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All the while, however, he continued to act as royal legal officer. After spending most of his youth in England, Pinckney’s ties to the mother country were deep, but his roots in South Carolina were also extensive. Not only had his family come to the province a half century before his birth, but virtually all his vast wealth was tied up in Carolina land. Pecuniary considerations were crucial in his ultimate decision to support the American rebellion, but so too were Britain’s menacing policies.

Burr was the youngest of the candidates in 1800, having been born in 1756, after Adams had graduated from college and while the thirteen-year-old Jefferson tended his prep school assignments. Burr alone among the aspirants was the descendant of well-known forebears. His maternal grandfather, Jonathan Edwards, was an acclaimed clergyman and theologian, his father the president of what soon would be called Princeton College. Both of Burr’s parents died when he was an infant, and thereafter he was raised by relatives in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

This watercolor was painted by Nicholas King, a surveyor, showing the Patent Office at Eighth and E Streets on the right and the President’s House, the white structure on the knoll to the left center. If this representation is correct, farm animals and even hunters roamed the unpaved streets of the new capital. 2 “An Affection That Can Never Die” Adams and Jefferson VICE PRESIDENT JEFFERSON did not call on President Adams when he arrived in the capital late in November 1800. Nor did Adams invite the vice president to the President’s House.

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