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.
Monticello historian John Ragosta discusses Jefferson's role in the Revolution of 1800.
"the revolution of 1800...was as real a revolution in the principles of our government as that of 76 was in it's form..."
-Thomas Jefferson, 6 September 1819