The American Revolution of 1800
Knopf, 1974 - 468 páginas
In this brilliant historical classic, Dan Sisson argues that Thomas Jefferson thought democratic revolutions would be necessary from time to time to break the grip of autocratic factions on the government. That is how Jefferson saw the election of 1800—and the lessons for today couldn’t be more obvious. Most historians celebrate Jefferson’s victory over Adams in 1800 as the beginning of the two-party system, but Jefferson would have been horrified by this interpretation. Drawing on the understanding of faction, revolution, and conspiracy reflected in the writings of the Founders, Sisson makes it clear that they, like Jefferson, envisioned essentially a nonparty state. Jefferson believed his election was a peaceful revolution by the American people overturning an elitist faction that was stamping out cherished constitutional rights and trying to transform our young democracy into an authoritarian state. It was a transfer of power back to the people, not a change of parties. Sisson maintains Jefferson would regard our current two-party system as a repudiation of his theory of revolution and his earnest desire that the people as a whole, not any faction or clique, would triumph in government. The ideals of the American Revolution were in danger until this “Revolution of 1800,” to which we owe the preservation of many of our key rights.
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At the same time Jefferson also kept in mind that unity or agreement among the people was essential if only to demonstrate that a sufficient force of public opinion existed in the state . That was the first objective of any revolution .
... several persons , Otto stated to Vergennes , had assured him they would have no objection to the setting up of a monarchy in Massachusetts . ' ” 24 Jefferson was ready to believe that such a conspiracy in fact already existed .
In a letter to Tracy , in 1811 , he stated , “ The republican government of France was lost without a struggle because the party of ' un et indivisible ' had prevailed ; no provincial organizations existed to which the people might ...
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A very academic history, in which the author spends a great deal of time defining what "revolution" and "faction" meant to the typical 18th-century person. Once the reader is thoroughly convinced of ... Leer comentario completo
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