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1. We have seen some strong negative claims made against US presidential candidates. Our first real competitive campaign was the election of 1800. What rather remarkable negative claim was made about Jefferson by supporters of John Adams?
2. The election of 1800 was one of the wildest ones in American history; perhaps that is not surprising as we had not had a contested presidential election before. Among the many odd things that happened, which of the following actually did occur?
3. If you retain some of your high school history, you may recall that the US election of 1800 was initially a tie in the electoral college. How was this finally resolved?
4. Once safely in office, how did Jefferson set about correcting what he saw as the errors of the previous administration?
5. One of Jefferson's major accomplishments was the Louisiana Purchase, which more than doubled the size of the United States. There were a number of events that together helped to make this happen. What were they?
6. In the election of 1800, Jefferson won but faced a starkly divided nation. In the next four years he worked slowly but steadily to transform the U.S. government. By the next election in 1804 the results of his efforts could be seen. What were they?
7. Jefferson was a great believer in the limits of executive power. However, there were two occasions were he took a strong position that set long lasting precedence on Presidential authority. What were these?
8. Jefferson's second term was a difficult time. What was the very unpopular step he took?
9. While Jefferson did not run in the election of 1808, his hand-picked candidate James Madison ran as the "Jeffersonian" candidate. Therefore, Madison's performance in the election can be seen at least in part as a public assessment of Jefferson's span in office. How did he do?
10. Once allies and friends, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson found themselves separated by different visions for the young US nation. As the figure heads of their parties in the election of 1800, their supporters instigated an extremely negative campaign between the two opponents. This poisonous atmosphere separated the former friends. After Jefferson left office, what became of their relationship?
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