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The first presidential contest : 1796 and the founding of American democracy

Author: Jeffrey L Pasley
Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, 2013.
Series: American presidential elections.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is the first study in half a century to focus on the election of 1796. At first glance, the first presidential contest looks unfamiliar--parties were frowned upon, there was no national vote, and the candidates did not even participate (the political mores of the day forbade it). Yet for all that, Jeffrey L. Pasley contends, the election of 1796 was 'absolutely seminal, ' setting the stage for all of American  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: John Adams; Thomas Jefferson; John Adams; Thomas Jefferson; John Adams; Thomas Jefferson; John Adams; Thomas Jefferson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey L Pasley
ISBN: 9780700619078 0700619070 9780700623518 0700623515
OCLC Number: 818143723
Awards: Commended for George Washington Book Prize (History) 2014
Description: xi, 516 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the unintentional campaign --
A new republic and its discontents --
Popular politics in a postcolonial nation --
The Jay Treaty crisis and the origins of the 1796 campaign --
From measures to "that man" : toward the presidential option for political change --
The long goodbye : finding candidates in the shadow of Washington --
The first culture war : themes and issues of the Federalist campaign against Thomas Jefferson --
His rotundity : themes and issues of the democratic-republican campaign against John Adams --
Taking the electoral college to school : how presidential electors helped create the national presidential election rather than preventing it --
The party racers : voting for president in 1796 --
Epilogue : kiss my ass and go to Hell.
Series Title: American presidential elections.
Responsibility: Jeffrey L. Pasley.

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The first study in half a century to focus on the election of 1796. Colorfully portrays the young nation's politics, focusing especially on images of Adams and Jefferson created by supporters and  Read more...

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