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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 progressive period, as soon as intimate buddies, now icy antagonists locked in a fierce conflict for the way forward for the USA. The election of 1800 was once a thunderous conflict of a crusade that climaxed in a impasse within the Electoral collage and resulted in a obstacle during which the younger republic teetered at the fringe of collapse.

Adams vs. Jefferson is the gripping account of a turning aspect in American heritage, a dramatic fight among events with profoundly diverse visions of ways the state could be ruled. The Federalists, led through Adams, have been conservatives who preferred a robust critical executive. The Republicans, led through 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 smooth contest, with mud-slinging, scare strategies, and backstabbing. The low aspect got here while Alexander Hamilton published a devastating assault on Adams, the pinnacle of his personal celebration, 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 warfare if the Federalists denied Jefferson the presidency. ultimately a mystery deal that modified a unmarried vote gave Jefferson the White condo. 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 existence either the outsize personalities and the hotly contested political questions at stake. He exhibits 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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A book that I wrote a few years ago that compared Washington, Adams, and Jefferson during the American Revolution was extremely critical of Jefferson through his governorship of Virginia in 1781. While I would yet stand by what I wrote then, I believe that Jefferson changed immeasurably thereafter, and my view of him changed as well, as should be apparent in the pages that follow. Working on this book has led to a richer understanding of Hamilton and greater admiration of him, especially with regard to his colossal talent for leadership and his uncommon vision for truly profound change.

Soon after Adams finished his breakfast of gruel on this brisk morning, his carriage, a two-wheeled chaise, pulled up at his door. In addition to the driver, John Briesler and William Smith Shaw were aboard. Briesler, a family servant, would care for the horses and ride ahead to arrange for accommodations. Shaw, the First Lady’s nephew, had graduated from Harvard four years earlier, and in 1798 the president had hired him to be his secretary. 1 Once the coach was packed and Adams had climbed aboard, just as dawn spilled over the horizon, it pulled away with a shudder, amid great squeaks and groans.

This portrait shows Pinckney near the time of the election of 1800. He was about fifty-five when the portrait was painted. Never sleek and charismatic, Pinckney drew men to follow him through his intelligence and virtuous character. 17 Later he soldiered under General Washington, seeing action at Brandywine and Germantown in the autumn of 1777, and still later he campaigned in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. Three years later he was a brigadier general in the Continental Army, and when Charleston surrendered in May 1780, he was taken prisoner.

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