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Author Sisson, Dan, 1937-

Title The American revolution of 1800 : how Jefferson rescued democracy from tyranny and faction-- and what this means today / Dan Sisson with Thom Hartmann.

Publication Info. San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    973.4609 SIS 2014    Available
Edition Fortieth anniversary edition.
Description vii, 301 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series BK currents book
BK currents book
Note Original edition published in 1974.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction by Thom Hartmann -- The idea of a non-party state -- The idea of revolution -- The idea of revolution: conspiracy and counterrevolution -- The principles of the American and French revolutions -- The politics of faction -- The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and threats to the First Amendment -- The politics of the revolution of 1800: prelude -- The politics of the revolution of 1800: revolution -- Afterword by Thom Hartmann.
Summary Provides the definitive window into key concepts that have formed the backdrop of our democracy: the nature of revolution, stewardship of power, liberty, and the ever-present danger of factions and tyranny. Most contemporary historians celebrate Jefferson's victory over Adams in 1800--which Jefferson firmly maintained was "as real a revolution ... as that of 1776--as the beginning of the two-party system, but Sisson believes it is entirely the wrong lesson. Jefferson saw his election as a peaceful revolution by the American people overturning an elitist faction that was stamping out cherished constitutional rights and trying to transform our young democracy into an authoritarian state. If anything, our current two-party system is a repudiation of Jefferson's theory of revolution, and his earnest desire that the people as a whole, not any faction or clique, would triumph in government.
Subject Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Political and social views
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1800
Political science -- United States -- History
Revolutions -- United States -- History.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1789-1809
Added Author Hartmann, Thom, 1951-
ISBN 9781609949853 (hardcover)
1609949854 (hardcover)
Standard No. 40024237681

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