The election of 1800 in America came after a decade of bitter and extreme party strife. Each side accused the other of aiming to overthrow the Constitution and preparing the way for tyranny. There was no precedent, including the experience of 1776, for resolving such differences without appealing to bullets. But ballots prevailed and power was transferred peacefully between uncompromisingly hostile political rivals for the first time in human history.

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  1. colleenb Member
    colleenbJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Thanks for this. I had not heard this particular quote of Jefferson. I hope we will go back to having peaceful transitions of power in this country.

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    • October 27, 2020, at 7:11 AM PDT
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