Friday, April 22, 2016
You gotta love Abigail.................
"O! Save my Country Heaven if we are to receive a President from the French nation."
-Abigail Adams, from a letter to her husband John, written during the run-up to the 1796 presidential election between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (with Thomas Pinckney and Aaron Burr also participating).
The history major in me still believes the greatest historical event in our country was the election of 1800, in which Jefferson defeated Adams. My reason for believing this is that it may have been the first time in human history when a country freely replaced an existing leader who held one set of political beliefs with a new leader who held very different view on the nature of government. All this happened without upheaval or violence. Seems normal today. In 1800, not so much.