A Magnificent Catastrophe

A Magnificent Catastrophe

The Tumultuous Election of 1800 : America's First Presidential Campaign

Book - 2007
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"They could write like angels and scheme like demons." So begins Pulitzer Prize - winner Edward Larson's account of the wild ride that was the 1800 presidential election - an election so convulsive and so momentous to the future of American democracy that Thomas Jefferson would later dub it "Americas second revolution."" "This was America's first true presidential campaign, giving birth to our two-party system and indelibly etching the lines of partisanship that have so profoundly shaped American politics ever since. The contest featured two of our most beloved Founding Fathers, once warm friends, facing off as the heads of their two still-forming parties - the hot-tempered but sharp-minded John Adams, and the eloquent yet enigmatic Thomas Jefferson - flanked by the brilliant tacticians Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, who later settled their own differences in a duel." "Drawing on unprecedented, meticulous research of the day-to-day unfolding drama, from diaries and letters of the principal players as well as accounts in the fast-evolving partisan press, Larson re-creates the mounting tension as one state after another voted and the press had the lead passing back and forth. The outcome remained shrouded in doubt long after the voting ended, and as Inauguration Day approached, Congress met in closed session to resolve the crisis. In its first great electoral challenge, our fragile experiment in constitutional democracy hung in the balance"--Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780743293167 (hardcover)
0743293169 (hardcover)
9780743293174 (pbk.)
0743293177 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: 324.973 LAR
Characteristics: xi, 333 p. ; 24 cm

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