• The American Revolution of 1800

  • How Jefferson Rescued Democracy from Tyranny and Faction - and What This Means Today
  • By: Dan Sisson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-26-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this brilliant historical classic, Dan Sisson argues that Thomas Jefferson thought democratic revolutions would be necessary from time to time to break the grip of autocratic factions on the government. That is how Jefferson saw the election of 1800 - and the lessons for today couldn’t be more obvious. Most historians celebrate Jefferson’s victory over Adams in 1800 as the beginning of the two-party system, but Jefferson would have been horrified by this interpretation. Drawing on the understanding of faction, revolution, and conspiracy reflected in the writings of the Founders, Sisson makes it clear that they, like Jefferson, envisioned essentially a nonparty state.
Jefferson believed his election was a peaceful revolution by the American people overturning an elitist faction that was stamping out cherished constitutional rights and trying to transform our young democracy into an authoritarian state. It was a transfer of power back to the people, not a change of parties. Sisson maintains Jefferson would regard our current two-party system as a repudiation of his theory of revolution and his earnest desire that the people as a whole, not any faction or clique, would triumph in government. The ideals of the American Revolution were in danger until this "Revolution of 1800," to which we owe the preservation of many of our key rights. With contributions by Thom Hartmann that bring out the book’s contemporary relevance, this fortieth-anniversary edition contains new insights and reflections on how Jefferson’s vision can help us in our own era of polarization, corruption, government overreach, and gridlock.
©2014 Daniel Sisson and Thom Hartmann (P)2014 Daniel Sisson and Thom Hartmann
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mark D. Henson on 05-14-17

Ignore history at your peril

Important neglected history about internal factions more dangerous than a foreign invader that can sink the republic or transform it at the will of a powerful minority. Many lessons applicable today with the two party system, concentrated press ownership, and an oligarchic ruling class.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Eve on 12-18-16

Jefferson bias

Many books are biased in Jefferson's favor but this one takes the cake. I bristled so much at his insulting description of John Adams in the first chapter that I couldn't go on. The author clearly shares the political view that Federalist were Monarchists, which means he doesn't understand any of them. Why go into history if you aren't going to look at everything from all sides?

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