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Creating the United States: Election of 1800

The Library of Congress describes the 1800 presidential campaign between incumbent Federalist John Adams and Republican Thomas Jefferson as "extremely partisan and outright nasty." This website provides visitors with a number of primary documents related to this election, the candidates, the development of the electoral college, and more. These fascinating documents include a letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison in which the former describes a plan to manipulate presidential electors. Visitors can also look at a letter from Alexander Hamilton in which he urges his fellow Federalists to rally behind Adams - a candidate that Hamilton describes in an open letter as having a character unbefitting a president - because he was "the only thing that can possibly save us from the fangs of Jefferson." The collection also includes materials regarding a central issue of the 1800 election: the relocation of the nation's capital to Washington, D.C. As a whole, Creating the United States: Election of 1880 provides insight into the the tempestuous and fragile nature of the nation's early political life.
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October 28th, 2016
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October 26th, 2016 at 12:37pm
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October 26th, 2016 at 1:32pm
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