Expect Jefferson to Cut and Run

Andrea Dunchus

During the election of 1796, Jefferson had a strong fan-base among a group of Americans that would later become the Democratic-Republican Party. At the time, however, the word “party” had a heavily negative connotation, especially because Washington had warned against them in his Farewell Address. Continue reading

“Is Not Adams Our Guide?”

Bryn Dunbar

“Is not Adams our guide?” Explanation Paper

            At the time of 1796 election, it was not yet popular to express political party affiliation, so the top candidates for president, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, had to appear as if the position was not something they were eager to obtain. Continue reading