The Election of 1800

The Election of 1800

by Arthur Meier Schlesinger
     
 
In the fourth presidential election the Republican candidates -- Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr -- defeated their opponents, the incumbent president John Adams and fellow Federalist Charles Pinckney. However, because Jefferson and Burr had each received 73 electoral votes, it was left to the House of Representatives to select the president. After a week of voting in

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In the fourth presidential election the Republican candidates -- Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr -- defeated their opponents, the incumbent president John Adams and fellow Federalist Charles Pinckney. However, because Jefferson and Burr had each received 73 electoral votes, it was left to the House of Representatives to select the president. After a week of voting in Congress, Jefferson was finally awarded the presidency on the thirty-sixth ballot. In The Election of 1800 and the Administration of Thomas Jefferson, historian Noble E. Cunningham describes the most spirited campaign to that point in American political history.

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The election of Thomas Jefferson as President of the United States in 1800 remains one of the most hotly contested elections in history. In an era when campaigning as we now know it did not exist, Jefferson faced primary opposition from Aaron Burr. In the end, Jefferson prevailed after a complex and intricate series of votes by the presidential electors. This complicated and seemingly arcane process is the fodder for this volume of Arthur Schlesinger's "Major Presidential Elections and the Administrations that Followed" series. Like other books in this series, the editor includes an introductory chapter that details the election in question. The remainder of the illustrated work encompasses a series of speeches, letters, and other writings by Thomas Jefferson. The editor briefly introduces each of these primary source documents in an effort to provide some historical context. All in all, this seems to this reviewer to be well intended but lacking depth and cohesiveness. The coverage of Jefferson's election in 1800 is both sparse and overly scholarly in vocabulary. The resource documents are interesting but, due to the limited editorial prefacing of same, they remain isolated portions of the book versus part of a continuum. Thus, while there certainly is much valuable information included in this book, it is one that does not offer adequate structure to make it a worthwhile acquisition. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers, Romaneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590843529
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Major Presidential Elections and Administrations Series
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
7.64(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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