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 pals, now icy antagonists locked in a fierce conflict for the way forward for the USA. The election of 1800 used to be a thunderous conflict of a crusade that climaxed in a impasse within the Electoral collage and ended in a main issue within which the younger republic teetered at the fringe of collapse.
Adams vs. Jefferson is the gripping account of a turning aspect in American background, a dramatic fight among events with profoundly diverse visions of ways the state can be ruled. The Federalists, led by means of Adams, have been conservatives who preferred a powerful valuable executive. The Republicans, led by means of 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 while Alexander Hamilton revealed a devastating assault on Adams, the pinnacle of his personal celebration, in "fifty-four pages of unremitting vilification." The stalemate within the Electoral collage dragged on via dozens of ballots. Tensions ran so excessive that the Republicans threatened civil battle if the Federalists denied Jefferson the presidency. eventually a mystery deal that modified a unmarried vote gave Jefferson the White apartment. A devastated Adams left Washington sooner 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 was once a milestone in U.S. heritage, yet how strongly the issues--and the passions--of 1800 resonate with our personal time