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The core of this crisis was the question “is this where it all ends?” The union was young enough that every speed bump raised that question. Only by adapting and overcoming the crisis could the republican experiment continue. These adaptations were fueled by cultural paradigms of the time, such as honor and state loyalty. The ability to adapt was intended by the founders of the nation, but in that potential for change was instability, especially at the beginning. - Zack Dutke

The election of 1800 produced many doubts in the minds of politicians. Many politicians running during this election took their political properties to the extreme, nearly abandoning their core values. This created the uneasy idea that this would be the last election. It also created talks of Civil War. These anxious ideas were all fueled by the opposition between Federalists and Republicans (Northerners and Southerners). - HL

One of the key insights in this article is the importance of the crisis mentality of this time. Because this was an unprecedented political system, it was unknown what could happen with the system and what could potentially bring it down. This led to considerable anxiety for all and a political mindset characterized by fear. This also was what led to the sense of panic that any minor incident could lead to the fall of the union, let alone more significant crises such as the election of 1800. - Morgan Kelley

Another of the key concepts in this article is the existence of “unconventional adaptions.” This is the idea that much of the political changes that occurred during this period came from the way that politicians were constantly responding to crises; they were not abandoning aristocratic attitudes and politics in their entirety in favor of adopting a more modern form of politics, rather, they were adapting existing practices in order to deal with the crisis at hand and prevent the collapse of the union. - Morgan Kelley

The crisis around the election sent politicians into turmoil as the tone of politics began to shift. Driven by fears of civil war and the collapse of their careers, they struggled to balance their beliefs with the demands of the situation. Simultaneously, the federalists were fearing that this would be the last election. - Annie

During the election of 1800, even prominent political figures, such as the past presidents, feared for the uncertain future of the America. Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton became strongly involved in the efforts to avoid the opposition from gaining power. Although unequipped to manage a strong democratic campaign, they used the recourses available to aid the crisis. - Annie

The evolution of campaigning that can be seen all throughout this election speaks volumes as to how desperate each side was. Both sides pushed the term “genteel restraint” to the limits through their campaigning methods, whether that be giving speeches at the polls or arguing policy with one another in front of an audience. Both sides wanted to win badly enough that they changed the way politicians got votes in ways that can be seen today. - Ewan

A key concept that can be seen all throughout this election is that of honor. The partisan bonds were weak, and so political figures appealed the the people as gentlemen of their word, and not so much as someone who would enact favorable policies. The concept of honor held the parties together through the crisis at hand, and stopped their causes from collapsing. - Ewan

While concern about conflict caused by political parties was not unwarranted, and such an idea was indeed not mentioned in the Constitution, Madison himself provides his opinion within Federalist paper #10. Madison addresses the fears, but ultimately reaches the point that factions (parties) are necessary for the proper survival of democracy through which debates over differing ideas will ultimately produce the best possible solution. - Declan

The Election of 1800 was in many ways less of a contest between two men, as it was a nation v.s. the understandable notion of fear. Early American politics were surrounded less by an air of logic and ideal thinking, and more by a fear of turning into the same power-hungry monarchy they had recently escaped. Such a tight and debatable election could have been viewed as beneficial to the country and should not have meant total panic, if only the American people had in mind hope for the nation rather than fear. - Declan

Even leading up to 1800 it showed how fragile the new nation was, as even George Washington commented on the partisan conflict exploded believed that, and quote: “tare the [federal] Machine asunder.” Not only was the threat internal, but also from the influence of other nations like France, who was undergoing their own bloody revolution which ironically was influenced by the American Revolution. - David Y.

The idea of political parties was also undefined in the early years of the republic. The emergence of caucuses showcases diverging political platforms within factions. The regional and personal background of politicians was more instrumental to their decisions than their allegiance to a party. Although general trends could be generally identified especially with the opposition of southern states and northern states, this article highlights that this understanding is mostly a modern one. Our knowledge of current politics, or more broadly of all events after 1800, notably the Civil War, leads us to understand the formation of parties erroneously. - Valerian Girardeau

One of the interesting things that I took away from this article was the rejection of former narratives in order to present this time period as a turbulent, fast-changing, compromising political time frame. The author argues that modern perspectives know that the political systems that were created during this time are burdened by hindsight. This is a key feature of studying the past that makes the jobs of historians that much harder. We must remove our modern perspectives and place ourselves into the context that we are studying. - Garrett Welch

The idea of a “crisis mentality” makes a lot more sense than the idea that the founding fathers knew what they were doing. One of the things that this historian does really well is that she recognizes that people from the past are just that, people. They were fundamentally throwing political pasta at the wall and seeing what would stick. - Garrett Welch

The election of 1800 ushered in an era of “unconventional adaptations” that took the current political system and adapted its ideals to suit your own goal. An example of this is campaigning, led primarily by Aaron Burr, at a time where that was not something to be done due to it being seen as being self-serving and powering your own self-interests.-Vumiliya

The Election of 1800 was a very important election that occurred during our nation’s Founding Period. The importance of this election comes from its depictions of the county’s resilience in its early stages, as there were talks of disunion and civil war if the electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr did not get resolved. – Lesley Morales-Sanchez

The creation of the two-party system that we currently have was developed by the people who, at the time, were under a sense of crisis due to the electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. This shows how moments of crisis mentality can play a large role in the change and development of pollical systems, as in the case of the Election of 1800. – Lesley Morales-Sanchez

freeman_election_of_1800.txt · Last modified: 2023/08/31 16:17 by lmorale3