“The Revolution of 1800” was the term given to the election of 1800 when Thomas Jefferson defeated John Adams

“The Revolution of 1800” was the term given to the election of 1800 when Thomas Jefferson defeated John Adams. This was the first time a change of political power went from Federalist power to Democratic- Republican power. Argument: Many Democratic-Republicans have mentioned Adams of being a servant to the British and had wanted to be a king of America. On the other hand, many Federalists had attacked Jefferson or as so much belittle him in saying that he would bring the horrors of the French Revolution to the United States. The term, mudslinging was most commonly used during elections. The outcome of the election depended on the electoral college, which gave each state the power and voice to state their own vote in who they wanted to be president of America without having to please Congress.

After Jefferson being elected to office, he had made a lot of changes, especially in the foreign policies. Considering that Britain and France were at war and at a standstill, they both had started to blockade the other’s trade routes. Britain had started apprehending American sailors, therefore Thomas Jefferson declares war on Britain over maritime rights. He had felt that a way to settle the quarrel was to ban trade with both nations but that only heightened the dilemma, between the U.S., Britain, and France altogether.

The War of 1812 was caused by Britain refusing to stop seizing American sailors when they were trading with France, which is intuitively their enemy. Argument: The impressment of American sailors was the result of Jefferson putting foreign trading restrictions. Britain felt they had the jurisdiction to take hold of American ships. However, this did not sit well with President Jefferson, due to the fact that the United States was dependent on both as trade partners. Jefferson was at a misfortune when he could not go to war with Britain due to their advances in the navy. Instead he had passed the Embargo Act of 1807 which had shut down all trade with Britain and France. Many of the New England states strongly opposed it. The effects of the economy had collapsed and widespread of smuggling had started to occur. Soon after, when Jackson became president he had passed the Macon’s Bill No. 2 which reopened trade with Britain and France, but this only increased conflicts with all three nations because the United States was in the middle of their dispute.

After the War of 1812 ended with Andrew Jackson in office, a so-called “Era of Good Feelings” had prevailed to be a widespread feeling in the United States.