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 Newsletter11, 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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