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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Jefferson had noted in 1790 that “ the ground of liberty is to be gained by inches . . . . We must be contented to secure what we can get , from time to time , and eternally press forward for what is yet to get .
Indeed , as we view the consolidation argument posed by Jefferson as a threat to American liberty , and as we see his argument for the necessity of constitutionally reserved powers to enable states to resist national encroachments ...
Is it necessary to suppose him either imbecile , corrupt or perverse , if , under these circumstances , he continued to dwell habitually upon the existing abuses of Power , rather than the possible abuses of Liberty ?
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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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