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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Noting that party is a part of our “ natural , as well as civic history , ” Jefferson is agreeing with the consensus of his ... The Gracchi brothers , who , two thousand years before , had dealt with party agitations of a similar nature ...
and even before Aristotle's time , in the eighteenth century , andas Jefferson put it - by one's natural political constitution . This framework , then , was rooted in human nature and as old as man himself .
Against this natural propensity to faction , a regular and vigorous government is the proper and only adequate security . ... For such usurpation the nature of liberty excites the desire , and affords the pretext and the means .
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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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