July 24, 2021

Dirty Tricks: The Election of 1800

Dirty Tricks: The Election of 1800

Infighting, attacking the opposition, secret compromises. While this may sound like a headline from today, it was actually all part of one of the most scandalous elections in history: the presidential election of 1800.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson went head to head in a contest that led to a mini constitutional crisis and influenced the development of the twelfth amendment to the constitution.

Tune in this week as I dive into the election and its long term impacts to current political discourse.


Sources Used This Episode:

First Inaugural Address. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. 33: 17 Feb to 30 April 1801.  Princeton University. Princeton University Press, 2006. (LINK) 

“Letter from Alexander Hamilton, Concerning the Public Conduct and Character of John Adams, Esq. President of the United States, [24 October 1800],” Founders Online, National Archives, (LINK). [Original source: The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, vol. 25, July 1800 – April 1802, ed. Harold C. Syrett. New York: Columbia University Press, 1977, pp. 186–234.]

James Horn, 2000. Originally published as "Thomas Jefferson and the Election of 1800," Monticello Newsletter 11, no. 1 (2000). (LINK).

Lepore, Jill. These Truths: A History of the United States. W.W. Norton & Company, 2018. 

Britannica, The Editors of Encycolpaedia. “United States Presidential Election of 1800.” Encylopaedia Britannica., 19 July 2017. (LINK)

USHistory.org, “The Election of 1800.” U.S History Online Textbook. (LINK

NBC News Learn. (May 1 2020). “Revolution of 1800.” YouTube. Accessed 6.19.21 (LINK)

Episode 1406: The Election of 1800: The Thomas Jefferson Hour Podcast. (LINK)

 

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