Part of Monticello's In the Course of Human Events Podcast Series

History has remembered the Election of 1800, pitting John Adams against Thomas Jefferson, as a bitterly contested—some might say nasty—affair. Historian Edward Larson shares the story of this unprecedented campaign, the surprising results that nearly tore our young nation apart, and the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that ultimately led to the first peaceful transfer of power in American history. Direct file download »

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Hosted by Steve Light and Danna Kelly

Editing by Joan Horn

Sound design by Dennis Hysom

Joan Horn, Producer

Chad Wollerton, Executive Producer