Bullets & Ballots: 1776 (1 of 3)
Oct 20, 2020 6:04
“The divisions were so great between Hamilton’s and Adams’s Federalist Party and Madison’s and Jefferson’s Republicans that each accused the other of aiming to overthrow the Constitution and preparing the way for tyranny.”
The election of 1800 in America came after a decade of bitter and extreme party strife. Each side accused the other of aiming to overthrow the Constitution and preparing the way for tyranny. There was no precedent, including the experience of 1776, for resolving such differences without appealing to bullets. But ballots prevailed and power was transferred peacefully between uncompromisingly hostile political rivals for the first time in human history.