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.