The Election of 1800 – I

Lead: In 1800 Thomas Jefferson was elected President of the United States in a close contest that some have come to see as the third American Revolution.

 

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

 

                Content: If 1776 marked the beginning of the America’s military revolution, if crafting the nation’s charter in 1787 marked America’s constitutional revolution, a case can be made that the election of 1800 marked America’s political revolution. The first secured national independence, the second dealt with burgeoning governmental chaos, the third established a means of managing the nation’s competing impulses with the introduction of political parties. Each was necessary in setting the Republic’s foundation and building the structure of its future prosperity.

The Alien and Sedition Acts – II

                Lead: With war with France imminent and political emotions at a fever pitch, in 1798 the Federalist majority in Congress went after Thomas Jefferson’s Republicans. They passed the reprehensible Alien and Sedition Acts.

                 Intro. : A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                 Content: When war threatens a democracy, one of the first casualties washed away by the people’s anger and fear is rational thought. In World War II perfectly patriotic Japanese Americans were tossed into concentration camps all over the Western United States in careless disregard for their constitutional rights simply to address the irrational fears of the American public. This is a regularly occurring theme in U.S. History.