Where: Southern Methodist University
306 Dallas Hall, Dallas, TX
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Details: The election of 1800 was one of the most vitriolic contests ever fought in the US. The contenders believed that they were vying for the soul of the American Revolution. They believed that their opponents would destroy the legacy of the struggle, either by creating a monarchical tyranny on one side, or an anarchic atheist society on the other. It was a landmark event in the history of democracy, as the first election in which power peacefully changed hands between two parties. Jefferson called his victory “the revolution of 1800.” The lecture will feature the smear campaigns of both sides, explaining the causes of the vitriol, and discuss whether it did indeed represent a revolution in government.
Dr. Andrew J. O’Shaughnessy is Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Saunders Director of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and Professor of History, University of Virginia.
Cost: Free, reservations required
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