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Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 (Pivotal Moments in American History)

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It was a contest of titans: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two heroes of the Revolutionary era, once intimate friends, now icy antagonists locked in a fierce battle for the future of the United States. The election of 1800 was a thunderous clash of a campaign that climaxed in a deadlock in the Electoral College and led to a crisis in which the young republic teetered on ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published October 20th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2004)
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Jason Koivu
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Ferling brings these two larger-than-life icons of American history back to life in a big way. Reading Adams Vs. Jefferson you feel as if you're actually getting to know them, not only their public personas as politicians, but also as men.

Personally I'm not sure I'd like either of them 100% through and through. I guess that can be said about most everyone to some extent. There's always one niggling quality about a person that doesn't jell with your own outlook on life, but in this case both of
Anyone who is under the illusion that the Founding Fathers were awesomely awesome and perfect and that the Constitution they created is perfect "as-is" and divinely inspired (you know the crowd I'm talking about) would benefit from reading a few books on this period of history. Adams vs. Jefferson is a great addition to this reading list, and shows how messed up the system was, and how at odds the Founding Fathers were with each other and their visions for the new country.

Ferling's seeming bia
Emily Ross
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very easy book to read, very informative and a lot more understandable than other historical books concerning the same topic. Ferling is a good writer, and an easy-ish read in general, but his bias towards Adams can be felt in the reading.
Colleen Martin
Someone needs to tell John Ferling that a history book is supposed to stick to the facts and be free of both bias and conjecture, because evidently he wasn't aware of that. This wasn't so much a lesson in early American political history as it was a fawning love sonnet to Thomas Jefferson and his ideological beliefs, as well as a character assassination of John Adams. The further I got into the book, the angrier I became - Ferling casts aspersions left and right about Adams, from his political d ...more
Brad Hart
Sep 18, 2007 rated it liked it
Very good book. The author did a good job caturing the punch and counter punch campaigning style of Adams and Jefferson. If you think politics are dirty today, then give this book a chance! You will quickly see that it is nothing new.
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it

”Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800″ was written by John Ferling (the author of biographies I’ve already read and reviewed on both George Washington and John Adams). Though “Adams vs. Jefferson” is is not really a presidential biography, I nevertheless decided to read it as part of this journey, wondering if it might serve as a nice bridge between our second and third presidents (it does), and looking forward to reading something a bit “d
Mar 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any1 interested in what real people Founding Fathers were
great book about what may have been most important election in american History which still has an affect on our country even today

already learned more about who all the characters were in terms of their personalities, frailties, ambitions and backgrounds as well as their competing political philosophies which still are in play today.
Gary Hoggatt
The United States presidential election of 1800 was a bitterly-contested and wild affair. In historian John Ferling's 2004 book Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, Ferling attempts to chronicle this story, but unfortunately he gets frequently sidetracked and spends much more time setting the scene for the election of 1800 than he does actually discussing it.

The main players in this drama are, naturally, John Adams, second President of the United States after being elected in 17
Read this with America Afire Jefferson, Adams, and the Revolutionary Election of 1800. Both books document the campaign of 1800 that resulted in the election being thrown into the House of Representatives. The campaign was ugly. War service of the candidates was an issue then as now, with opponents reminding the electorate (white property owners only then) that Thomas Jefferson had sat out the revolution at home in Monticello.

Thomas Jefferson had hired James Callender, a British immigrant to wr
Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were firm friends when they both served as enovys to Europe--Jefferson to France and Adams to England. However that changed during Washington's first administration as Adams, the first Vice President, and Jefferson, the first Secretary of State, increasingly became identified with rival political factions. In 1796, the first presidential election without George Washington on the ballot, maneuvering in the Electoral College ended with the unholy alliance of John Ad ...more
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John E. Ferling is a professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia. A leading authority on American Revolutionary history, he is the author of several books, including "A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic", "Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence", and his most recent work, "The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Politi ...more
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