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America Afire

Jefferson, Adams, and the First Contested Election

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America Afire is the powerful story of the election of 1800, arguably the most important election in America's history and certainly one of the most hotly disputed. Former allies Adams and Jefferson, president versus vice president, Federalist versus Republican, squared off in a vicious contest that resulted in broken friendships, scandals, riots, slander, and jailings in the fourth presidential election under the Constitution.

Publishers Weekly Review

Oct 02, 2000 – Being released in time to mark the 200th anniversary of the election of 1800 won't be much of a selling point for this disappointing volume. It relates what Weisberger describes as one of the most mud slinging and divisive elections in American history: Jefferson versus Adams, two old friends pitted against each other for the highest office in the land. However, that dramatic claim is not borne out by Weisberger's account, most of which is devoted to the 13 years leading up to the election. The thread of Weisberger's narrative is the emergence of divisive factionalism--from which the framers of the Constitution believed, mistakenly, they had adequately protected the new nation. But in his attempt to follow this thread through the early years of American history, Weisberger, a columnist for American Heritage, tells readers little they didn't learn from their high school history textbooks. He begins with the Constitutional Convention of 1787, rehashing familiar details of the debates (big states threatened the small states, and the North tangled with the South over slavery). Offering a snapshot of America at 1790, Weisberger reveals little more than that the nation was "already an empire"--that is, it was geographically huge, and home to an increasingly diverse mix of religious groups, from French Huguenots to Jews to Moravians to Congregationalists and Episcopalians. Weisberger relates Aaron Burr's launching of a "well-oiled" political machine in New York and suggests that sectional discord reared its ugly head as early as the 1790s, yet never does his story really come alive.

Customer Reviews

Pretty good

For not being a "history" person this book was a pretty easy read! Bravo to making history somewhat interesting!

America Afire
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: History
  • Published: Jul 19, 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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