The morning of March 4, 1801, the outgoing President of the United States John Adams left Washington D.C. before sunrise, the morning his successor was to be sworn into office. Criticized for being a poor loser for not staying to welcoming the incoming President of the United States, this quiet event in the stillness of the morning was one of the most profound events in political history and an example of the uniqueness of the American system of government. The peaceful transfer of power. Jaffa (CP 72) explains that the decision to rule based on a free election by a whole people was a foreign idea before the American Revolution. He knows of no example before the election in 1800 where the party in charge passed authority over to their fierce rivals because of a free vote. Adam’s Federalists vacated the White House without incident, Jefferson’s Republicans took power. Former government employees were not harassed or persecuted by their successors. Historically one party or ruling group was forced out of office by another through force, then once defeated they were typically executed, imprisoned or forced into exile. Many elections observers today wait to see if the outgoing powers will voluntarily leave, or if the incoming powers will allow their predecessors to return to a normal life. The election of 1800 between President Adams’ Federalists and Vice President Jefferson’s Republicans was called the “Revolution of 1800,” by Madison (Milkis 21). The Americans were
The election of 1800 was a revolution because it changed the Federalist style government into a centralized government into a Republican style government. The Republican
Throughout the years we have had some great United States presidents and some terrible ones. When we elect a president, we want someone who will improve our country and stabilize our economy. However, many presidents do not accomplish this during their term and end up causing the opposite effect to happen. One president who is on the list of presidents that made the country worse and our economy decline is George W. Bush. He was the United States president from 2001 to 2009. George W. Bush was one of the worst United States presidents for many reasons, but the top three on my long list are first and foremost his decision to start the war on Iraq, second his support of the Military Commissions Act, and last but not least his handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Thomas Jefferson called the election of 1800 a revolution because this was the first time another party had taken control in America. In the years prior to the 1800 election the Federalists held office. Jefferson used Democratic-Republican principles to govern the United States. This exchange in power created the start to the two party systems that is still prevalent in today’s political arena. This influence makes the election of 1800 a revolution not only in Jefferson’s opinion, but mine as well.
In this lesson, we learned about Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. In 1800, Adams was reaching the end of his four year term. In the election of 1800, the republicans was over power the presidency and congress. This election was cause the revolution of 1800 because it was similar to the revolution minus the blood (page 55). The revolution of 1800 was difficult in two way; the federalist didn’t trust the republicans to be over government, the republicans repealed the Alien and sedition act. Second, the American find an error in the way the constitution was originally worded concerning the election of president (Page 55). In the 1800 election, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr had the most votes. Both men received the same amount of Electoral College vote. The House
The early years of the Constitution of the United States were full of political strife. The two prominent political ideals were complete opposites. The Jeffersonian Republicans were focused on giving power to the people and maintaining a pastoral economy, while the Federalists supported the control of the government by the elite class, and maintaining “positive” democracy. Both parties feared the influence and effect the other party would have on the public. In Linda K. Kerber's article, “The Fears of the Federalists”, the major concerns Federalists held in the early 19th century are described. Ever since the war with and separation from England, the citizens of America were seen to be continually drive to “patriotic rebellion” as a way to
The election of 1800 was one of the ugliest in American history. Regardless of this, the election of Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr in 1800 has long been viewed as a Revolution, the Revolution of 1800. Despite the fact that it was once a revolution in American politics, it failed to satisfy the Democratic-Republicans in their yearning for an economic structure they could both agree on. The election of 1800 was once a milestone in American historical past, as the founding father's worry of factions was once disproven by using a peaceful transition from one political party to another.
Between 1790 and 1840, there was a successful transfer of political power from the Federalist Party to the Republican Party. The election of 1800 marked the first time in American history where a president was elected from an opposing and entirely new party. Thomas Jefferson, the first Republican president, had Anti-Federalist ideas and an entirely different vision of America altogether. From 1801-1825, the Republican Party dominated the office and with open-minded ideas they introduced unity among Americans and brought an ending to the Federalist Party altogether. The decline of the Federalist Party after the Hartford Convention resulted in the reelection of Republican leaders and another war with Britain that led to the nation developing
But the development of political parties only increased and the country grew more fractionalized. As the animosity between the party grew and the election of 1800 drew near, the eyes of the monarchies in Europe waited for American government to implode. The election of 1800 is referred to as “The Revolution of 1800” because Jefferson was able to unite the country under new leadership despite the conflicts the election ignited.
As has been said, the election of 1800 signified the first nonviolent transition in power from one political party to another. Democratic-Republicans Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr were competing against Federalists John Adams and Charles C. Pinckney. Jefferson and Burr were continuously tieing in the number of votes
Following the end of the American Revolution, the new Constitution and its laws were implemented. This new governing document augmented the dimensions of American political life in allowing the voting citizens of the United States to partake in the idea of popular sovereignty. As the voters chose their own national leaders as well as their local and state officials, power would draw its roots to the American people. As a result of the election of 1788, there was a massive Federalist majority in the national government, with 44 of them in the House of Representatives compared to the meager 8 Antifederalists. As expected, George Washington was chosen to be president by the electoral college with John Adams as his vice president.The turning
During the election of 1800, Thomas Jefferson was elected president.Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were running against each other. Americans were losing hope because the electoral college voted 35 times and still could not chose the next president. Alexander Hamilton came in and made a plan that helped resolve who won, which was Thomas jefferson. Then they created the 12th Amendment.
The Revolution of 1800 was the event in which Vice President Thomas Jefferson, of the Democratic-Republican Party, defeated President John Adams and of the Federalist Party and fellow Democrat Aaron Burr. It is called the “Revolution of 1800” because it was the first time in American history that power had transferred from one party to another. The Federalists feared that Jefferson would overturn Hamilton’s financial plan and the Democratic-Republicans feared that the Federalists would create a large army and impose heavy taxes. The election was very close and the three-fifths clause, which counted three-fifths of the slave population for representation, gave the Democratic-Republicans the majority. A complication arose when every Republican casted one ballot for Jefferson and one for Aaron Burr, each candidate had received the same amount of votes. The election became up to the Federalist controlled, House of Representatives. Alexander Hamilton a Federalist who was a friend of Burr and enemy of Jefferson, voted for Jefferson because he believed he was a honorable man. Burr became Jefferson’s vice president.
The election of 1800 has been historically claimed as a “revolution” for the democratic republican party. A time when the citizens of America took back their government and restored it to the strong state government roots and it would be helping the common man rather than the elites. The validity of that statement comes into question when analyzing some main components of the government at the time. One example being the federal judiciary system, looking at this branch the statement that there was any sort of revolution would be simply untrue. Federalism was very much present in the federal court systems before and during the time period this revolution was supposed to be happening.
The Constitution placed a great deal of power back into the hands of a strong, central government much like that of a monarchy. “The extraordinarily powerful national government that emerged from Philadelphia possessed far more than the additional congressional powers that were required to solve the United States’ difficulties” (Wood 151). The U.S. government was extremely revolutionary though, in the way that it viewed and handled sovereignty. “Unlike the British in relation to their House of Commons, the American people never surrendered to any political institution…their full and final sovereign power” (Wood 160). Throughout the entire American struggle to establish a suitable government, the citizens maintained their ability to influence policy in a way that the British never could.
On September 11, 2001, America was attacked by terrorists. Before this traumatic event, one could not even imagine someone doing such a thing. When this event occurred everyone had been unaware and continuing their daily activities only to be stopped by this life changing news. The president at the time was George W. Bush. Doing day to day activities like the rest of us, he was reading to a second grade class that bright Tuesday morning. Upon hearing about the news, he was utterly shocked along with the rest of America. At approximately 8:40 p.m., which is around 12 hours after the event, he gave a speech to address this horrendous event. President Bush had successfully created a sense of unity and security throughout the country with his speech by using ethos, pathos, logos, tone and imagery.