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The Election of 1800
The Election of 1800
• Sometimes referred to as the "Revolution
of 1800”
• Vice President Thomas Jefferson vs.
President J...
The Election of 1800
• The political campaigns of
both parties were very much
like modern ones due to
their use of propaga...
Bitter Rivalries
• The election was clearly separated
between those who were:
– pro-French and pro-decentralization
republ...
John Adams• Adams was a pro-British
and pro-centralization
federalist
• Adams was not able to
win because of the
disorgani...
Thomas Jefferson
• Jefferson was a pro-
French and pro-
decentralization republican
• Was able to win in the end
due to th...
The Achilles' Heel
• The Election of 1800 was based off of
votes from the electoral college
• It was flawed due to the fac...
How It Did (and Didn’t) Work
• The Republican’s plan:
– Abstain a vote from Aaron Burr to secure
Jefferson’s win
• The pla...
The Fumbling Federalists
• The disorganization between the Federalists
caused the deadlock
• Many Federalists voted for Bu...
The Result
• Jefferson was able to secure the vote due to
Hamilton’s lobbying and Burr’s absence of
effort to win
• The Tw...
THE END
Or is it…..?
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The election of 1800 2

  1. 1. The Election of 1800
  2. 2. The Election of 1800 • Sometimes referred to as the "Revolution of 1800” • Vice President Thomas Jefferson vs. President John Adams • This election marked the decline of the Federalist Party • Democratic-Republican party gained power
  3. 3. The Election of 1800 • The political campaigns of both parties were very much like modern ones due to their use of propaganda to get votes • The main debated topics were: – the tax imposed by Congress to pay for the war against France – The opposition to the Alien and Sedition Acts
  4. 4. Bitter Rivalries • The election was clearly separated between those who were: – pro-French and pro-decentralization republicans – pro-British and pro-centralization federalists • The election was a long, bitter rivalry due to opposing opinions between both political parties
  5. 5. John Adams• Adams was a pro-British and pro-centralization federalist • Adams was not able to win because of the disorganization of the Federalist Party • His severed ties between Alexander Hamilton and himself crippled the Federalist Party
  6. 6. Thomas Jefferson • Jefferson was a pro- French and pro- decentralization republican • Was able to win in the end due to the organization at the state and local levels • Claimed that the Alien and Sedition Acts were against the Constitution and people’s rights
  7. 7. The Achilles' Heel • The Election of 1800 was based off of votes from the electoral college • It was flawed due to the fact that – Presidents were chosen by the most number of votes – Vice Presidents were chosen by the second highest number of votes – Presidents and their chosen Vice President were on separate ballots
  8. 8. How It Did (and Didn’t) Work • The Republican’s plan: – Abstain a vote from Aaron Burr to secure Jefferson’s win • The plan got messed up, causing Jefferson and Burr to tie in votes • The vote was then put into the hands of the then-Federalist House of Representatives • This resulted in a week-long deadlock
  9. 9. The Fumbling Federalists • The disorganization between the Federalists caused the deadlock • Many Federalists voted for Burr • Though Hamilton strongly disliked both candidates, he lobbied for Jefferson and against Aaron Burr • This led to Burr’s and Hamilton’s fateful showdown
  10. 10. The Result • Jefferson was able to secure the vote due to Hamilton’s lobbying and Burr’s absence of effort to win • The Twelfth Amendment, ratified by Congress in 1804, stated that Electors are to make a choice between their selected • A ‘revolution’ of sorts took place, transferring power from the Federalists to the Democratic-Republicans
  11. 11. THE END Or is it…..?

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