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By John Ferling

It was once a competition of titans: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, heroes of the innovative period, as soon as intimate acquaintances, now icy antagonists locked in a fierce conflict for the way forward for the us. 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 within which the younger republic teetered at the fringe of cave in.

Adams vs. Jefferson is the gripping account of a turning element in American historical past, a dramatic fight among events with profoundly diversified visions of the way the kingdom will be ruled. The Federalists, led by way of Adams, have been conservatives who preferred a robust important 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 used to be 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 revealed a devastating assault on Adams, the pinnacle of his personal social gathering, 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 conflict if the Federalists denied Jefferson the presidency. eventually a mystery deal that modified a unmarried vote gave Jefferson the White residence. 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 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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Jefferson and the Adamses lived near one another in Paris for nearly ten months, until the former was named United States minister to France and Adams departed for London in May 1785 to serve as the first United States minister to Great Britain. The two had grown close during their stay in the French capital, and Abigail bonded with Jefferson as well. 40 Jefferson likely found 28 a da m s v s . j e f f e r s o n John Adams by Mather Brown. S. Minister to the Court of St. James in 1785. He was fifty at the time.

However, the French government spurned Pinckney, and when he returned home in 1798 France and the United States were on the verge of war. He alighted in Philadelphia that autumn to discover that he had been appointed second in command of an army raised during the war scare. 22 Amazingly, Pinckney not only acquiesced in Hamilton’s superior position but volunteered to serve beneath Henry Knox, who, as the commander of the artillery in the Continental Army, had outranked him in the late war. Either his propitiation was an act of republican sacrifice, the likes of which few had seen since revolutionary zeal and idealism crested in 1776, or he had grown politically ambitious and gambled that his deference would win favor within the Federalist ranks.

32 Jefferson and Adams harbored different dreams for the American Revolution. 33 He sought the least possible government— “energetic government is . . 34 When Jefferson returned to Virginia after independence, he sought to reform the state. 36 After independence Jefferson sat in the state legislature, and in 1779 he reluctantly agreed to what would be the first of two terms as governor. His tenure as chief executive was calamitous and nearly ruined his chances of ever again holding public office.

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