The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic / Edition 1

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Overview

George W. Bush and Al Gore were by no means the first presidential hopefuls to find themselves embroiled in a hotly contested electoral impasse. Two hundred years earlier, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams endured arguably the most controversial and consequential election in American history. Focusing on the wide range of possible outcomes of the 1800–1801 melee, this collection of essays situates the American "Revolution of 1800" in a broad context of geo-political and racial developments in the Atlantic world as a whole. In essays written expressly for this volume, leading historians of the period examine the electoral, social, and political outcome of Jefferson’s election in discussions strikingly relevant in the aftermath of the 2000 election.

Contributors

Joyce Appleby, University of California, Los AngelesMichael Bellesiles, Emory UniversityJeanne Boydston, University of WisconsinSeth Cotlar, Willamette UniversityGregory Evans Dowd, University of Notre DameLaurent Dubois, Michigan State UniversityDouglas R. Egerton, Le Moyne College, SyracuseJoanne Freeman, Yale UniversityJames E. Lewis Jr., independent scholar Robert M. S. McDonald, United States Military Academy, West PointJames Oakes, City University of New York Graduate CenterJeffrey Pasley, University of Missouri, ColumbiaJack N. Rakove, Stanford UniversityBethel Saler, Haverford CollegeJames Sidbury, University of TexasAlan Taylor, University of California, Davis

University of Virginia Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813921419
  • Publisher: University of Virginia
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Series: Jeffersonian America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 1,383,861
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

James Horn is Saunders Director of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and author of Adapting to a New World: English Society in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake.

Jan Ellen Lewis is Professor of History and Director of the Graduate History Program at Rutgers University, the author of The Pursuit of Happiness: Family Values in Jefferson’s Virginia, and coeditor with Peter S. Onuf of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture (Virginia).

Peter S. Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia, is the author of Jefferson’s Empire: The Language of American Nationhood (Virginia).

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Revolution of 1800 1
1 "What Is to Become of Our Government?" The Revolutionary Potential of the Election of 1800 3
2 The Political Presidency: Discovery and Invention 30
3 "The Soil Will be Soaked with Blood": Taking the Revolution of 1800 Seriously 59
4 Corruption and Compromise in the Election of 1800: The Process of Politics on the National Stage 87
5 1800 as a Revolution in Political Culture: Newspapers, Celebrations, Voting, and Democratization in the Early Republic 121
Pt. 2 Jeffersonian America 153
6 Thomas Jefferson and the Psychology of Democracy 155
7 Was There a Religious Revolution of 1800? 173
8 Thomas Jefferson in Gabriel's Virginia 199
9 "Whom Have I Oppressed?" The Pursuit of Happiness and the Happy Slave 220
10 Making Gender in the Early Republic: Judith Sargent Murray and the Revolution of 1800 240
11 Spinning Wheel Revolution 267
Pt. 3 Revolutionary World 289
12 "Troubled Water": Rebellion and Republicanism in the Revolutionary French Caribbean 291
13 The Empire of Liberty Reconsidered 309
14 Joseph Gales and the Making of the Jeffersonian Middle Class 331
15 An Empire for Liberty, a State for Empire: The U.S. National State before and after the Revolution of 1800 360
16 A Northern Revolution of 1800? Upper Canada and Thomas Jefferson 383
Notes on Contributors 411
Index 415
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