Discuss the presidential elections(not the presidencies) of 1796, 1800, 1816, 1824, 1828,1860,1864.continue: who where the main candidates? explain who won each election and most importantly, why...

Discuss the presidential elections(not the presidencies) of 1796, 1800, 1816, 1824, 1828,1860,1864.

continue: who where the main candidates? explain who won each election and most importantly, why each election is historically significant/unique. which election is the most historically significant in your opinion?why

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Of these elections, I would say that either 1800 or 1860 is the most important historically speaking.

I would say that 1860 is important because it led directly to the Civil War.  The Southern states were so unhappy at the prospect of a Lincoln presidency that they seceded.

I would say that 1800 is significant because it marked the first time that the US government would be turned over from one party to the other.  If the Federalists had tried to overturn election or hold on to power, the US might have become a country where power is generally taken and kept by force.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Wow, that's a lot of elections! In general, I would like to point out that what all of these elections have in common is that they were foundational in establishing our country as a democracy. Obviously the ones on the latter end of the spectrum involved real tests to our national cohesiveness.
swimdragon1999 | Student

The election of 1800 is definatlty the most imporatnt because it was a turning point

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