Founding Fathers & Founding Brothers

Season 1 Episode 6

Evolution of a Revolution

Aired Unknown Apr 14, 2008 on A&E
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America's first truly contested presidential election took place in 1796, with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson vying to replace George Washington. In keeping with the standards of 18th-century American politics, neither man actively campaigned, and Jefferson even claimed not to know that he was a candidate. Adams's victory ended the long friendship between the two former revolutionaries, and while Jefferson served as Vice President, Adams never consulted him on political matters. Nor could Adams trust his cabinet; held over from Washington's administration in an attempt to provide continuity, these men took their orders from Alexander Hamilton. About the only advisor he could rely on was his wife, Abigail, and Founding Brothers reveals how she played a key role in the defining event of Adams's presidency, the passage of the hated Alien and Sedition Acts.moreless

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