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The Greatest Single Thing About John Adams

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"This was the greatest single thing about John Adams. We should do a program about this.

"There was war fever; it would have been a very popular thing to fight a war against France in 1798-1799. [...] Adams basically pulled the rug out from under the war fever that Hamilton was whipping into greater & greater flame — and when that happened, Hamilton lost it and wrote this anti-Adams pamphlet.

"The Federalist party self-destructed. The primary Federalist was Alexander Hamilton, pretending to be a shadow president; the second Federalist was the sitting president John Adams; they could not see eye-to-eye, to put it lightly. Because of the war scare that came with the French Revolution — and the quasi-war of 1798 — and the Alien and Sedition laws and all that followed, the Federalists simply self-destructed. And so Jefferson didn't so much win the election of 1800 as the Federalists self-destructed and lost it."

— Clay S. Jenkinson




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