In the book “A Magnificent Catastrophe”, Edward Larson explains the election of 1800. In the book Larson describes how the election was dirty and deceitful. He describes all the events in and around the election. The election was between John Adams, a Federalist and Thomas Jefferson a Republican both were friends but later became rivals on ideas of how the country should be running.
Larson talks about how dirty each side is playing to win the election. The campaign was bitter had personal attacks on both sides of the fence. This would be the birth of “dirty” campaign. John Adams and other Federalists believed in a stronger federal government while Thomas Jefferson and the Republicans wanted very little power in the federal government and more power for the individual states. In the 1800’s in an effort to win Jackson hired someone to make the claims against Adams. That someone was James Callendar.“ Callendar made a career of exposing the public and private misdeeds of Federalists.” While Federalists spread gossip about how the Republicans and Jefferson would ruin the country with unchristian values and who had sympathy for the French Revolution. Larson points the fact that Callendar was a key factor in Jackson win the election. Each side felt they were doing the right thing for the country.
The election process which also discussed in the book. The election for were Federalists John Adams and Charles C. Pinckney against Republicans Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. The ballots for the electoral college were and led to discover that it was a tie. Jefferson and Burr both received 73 electoral votes. While Adams collected 65 votes and Pinckney 64. This would create a problem because there would not be any electoral votes for the president and vice president in the Constitution. It later go to Congress which was controlled by the Federalists and who gave support to Burr. But the between Burr and Hamilton would cost Burr because Hamilton used influence to downgrade Burr and would back Jefferson. Then it would go House of Representatives were the vote would be broken and Jefferson was announced President and Burr was now Vice President.
The present-day election are comparable to the 1800s. Just like the founding fathers laid out the foundation of rights and other things, the election of 1800 put in work that rivals can talk about their opponents.The difference between today and 1800, today most political candidates make the “dirty shots” themselves. The election of 1800 would create a base that would impact generations after generations.
In Conclusion, “A Magnificent Catastrophe” describes America’s first presidential campaign between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Larson explain how once friends became bitter rivals because of the way each thought the country should run then became friends again.