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The Revolution of 1800

Advisor: Casper, Scott E. (NHC Fellow, 2005–06)

By Cave, Karen Carroll (NHC Education Digital Projects Coordinator, 2016–18)

The presidential election of 1800 was an intense political contest. Pitting two clearly opposing parties against each other for the first time, the Federalists and the Democratic Republicans fought in what some historians have called the dirtiest campaign in US politics. Referred to by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 as “The Revolution of 1800,” the election results marked the first peaceful change of executive party in the US and confirmed the role of the electorate in choosing the American president.

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