The Elections of 1789 and 1792

The Elections of 1789 and 1792

by Arthur Meier Schlesinger
     
 

Once the U.S. Constitution was ratified in the fall of 1788, a date was set for the first presidential election in American history -- April 4, 1789. The biggest question surrounding this first election was not the outcome, as nearly everyone assumed George Washington would become the first president. It was whether the newly established electoral system would work at… See more details below

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Once the U.S. Constitution was ratified in the fall of 1788, a date was set for the first presidential election in American history -- April 4, 1789. The biggest question surrounding this first election was not the outcome, as nearly everyone assumed George Washington would become the first president. It was whether the newly established electoral system would work at all. In The Elections of 1789 & 1792 and the Administration of George Washington, historian Reginald Horseman discusses the issues and circumstances surrounding the first election, and Washington's subsequent re-election.

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Children's Literature
The "Major Presidential Elections and the Administrations that Followed" series is designed to familiarize readers with specific presidential elections as well as the administrations of the victors. In many ways this is a noble endeavor, as the fate not only of Americans, but the impact on people across the globe has hinged upon the results of U. S. presidential elections. However, in this case, the editor of this series has provided a rather tepid work. George Washington was obviously the first President of the United States. The two elections within which Washington competed for office were of great significance as they set the mold for future actions. In both elections the modern concept of campaigning for office was unheard of. Rather, substantial men who ran for both President and Vice President relied upon name recognition and alliances of influence. This fascinating and somewhat alien approach to electioneering may strike modern readers as pass�. However, as editor Schlesinger notes in his introductory essay regarding the elections of 1789 & 1792, that was the political lay-of-the-land at that time. While this illustrated work does include an essay regarding the course of the first two presidential elections, by far the greatest space in the book is dedicated to a series of Washington papers primarily in the form of speeches. Instead of a cohesive story, the reader is left with minimal understanding of the two elections in question or of the raw material of history. 2003 Mason Crest Publishers, Romaneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590843512
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Major Presidential Elections and Administrations Series
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
7.64(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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