America afire : Jefferson, Adams, and the revolutionary election of 1800



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Notes on front endpapers: "T.J. vs. A.H., France vs. Britain; Hamilton's affair w. Maria Reynolds; Edmond Genet. - Relationship among Monroe, Adams, Hamilton, Jefferson, Washington, Burr, John Marshall, John Jay, Geo. Clinton; Republican vs. Federalist. - Pinckney, Rutledge, Butler, Charleston, S.C.; Whiskey Rebellion; p. 47: Adams - self-righteous. - 1796 election: Adams, 71; T.J., 68; T. Pinckney, 59; Burr, 30. - Stockjobbers; Yellow Jack or fever: 4000 people killed in 2 months in 1793. - Fisher Ames - who was he? Why quoted so often? - Jacobins; Alien and Sedition Act; Maria Reynolds; Jay's Treaty, '94; Louisiana Purchase, J.Q.A. - Prussia [?] (31); George Logan Act; John Marshall. - 1787: What did they think the presidency should be? What about the monarchy? Who could vote? How did they choose electors; voting by voice. - 'National Gazette', Philip Freneau - public printer; 'Gazette of the United States' - John Fenno; Edmond Charles Genet: minister from France, got asylum. - Matthew Lyon vs. Roger Griswold: spit, tongs, p. 185. - Frederick Muhlenberg: voted for Jay's Treaty; Republican cousin stabbed him." -- Notes on half title page: "Senate expelled member William Blount from new State of Tenn. 25-1; Monroe vs. Hamilton duel; Lyon vs. Griswold - [?], p. 185; Alien and Sedition Act, 1998 [i.e. 1798?] - Benjamin Franklin Bache; Bache - rap on head, p. 205; James Callender, p. 207: Wash[ington] a thief." -- Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book. - Examples: "And two parties could be enough to accommodate the views of most Americans most of the time, and would do so successfully for most of the 208 years to come." (p. 76) - "If calling Washington a thief, Hamilton a seducer, and Adams a senile warmonger and monarchist was acceptable Republican journalism of the 1790's, Federalist standards were not any higher." (p. 207) - "House - lame-duck - had to decide between Jeff. and Burr; Hamilton's advice sought - he detested both men." (p. 257) - "So individuals had an equal chance to show their inborn talents and would be judged, one by one, on their achievements and not their family pedigrees." (p. 284) - "The winners took the reins and the losers bided their time and waited for the voters to give different directions four years down the road." (p. 301)


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America afire : Jefferson, Adams, and the revolutionary election of 1800


Weisberger, Bernard A


Program air date: February 25, 2001


Narrates the presidential election of 1800 and its impact on American history, drawing in elements such as the friendship between Adams and Jefferson, the beginnings of government under the Constitution, and partisan warfare.


"Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826."
"Adams, John, 1735-1826."
"Presidents--United States--Election--1800."
"Contested elections--United States--History--19th century."


Brian Lamb Booknotes Collection
Gift of Brian Lamb, 2011.


William Morrow
George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections & Archives


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