Adams vs. Jefferson by John Ferling download in pdf, ePub, iPad
People like Jefferson viewed a strong federal government with suspicion. Ferling provides a useful description of the original presidential election system, which often puzzles students today. They were convinced that the ultimate goal of the Federalists was to suppress all dissent. When Burr toured New England, some believed he sought to lower Jefferson's total. For the next two decades, chaos reigned.
He writes with authority, and his storyteller's touch makes many of these figures come alive. Ferling's ultimate triumph is showing that, historically, when faced with dire circumstances at home and abroad, American democracy has pulled through. Hamilton's intrigues backfired when eighteen suspicious New England Federalists rejected Pinckney, thereby vaulting Jefferson into second place and the vice presidency. Rumors of manipulation, exploiting the double vote of the electors, surfaced almost immediately. The author notes Jefferson's disillusionment with Hamilton's activities, thinking them unduly favorable to mercantile interests.
And our deified Founding Fathers were politicians. The paper was not practical. The United States and much of Europe followed.
However, to Jeffersonians the provisions of Jay's Treaty in seemed to take the side of Britain against France. Neither came off as the bad guy or the white knight saving the country, and Ferling did help exonerate Adams somewhat from the big blot of his Presidency, the Alien and Sedition Acts. Ferling terms this electoral procedure a calamity waiting to happen.
Rebellion against the new tax was crushed by federal authority while George Washington was still president. Angry and horrified partisans believed their opponents flirted with treason. After only eight months, the government reluctantly returned to standard time. Hamilton was suspected of trying to prevent Adams from becoming president by urging southern Federalists to vote for Pinckney, while withholding their second vote from Adams. Jefferson and his admirers looked favorably on events in France, welcoming the spread of republicanism across the world, while Federalists reacted with horror to revolutionary excesses.
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