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Thomas Jefferson's election in 1800 is sometimes called the Revolution of 1800. Why could it be described in this way?

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Thomas Jefferson’s election in 1800 can be called the “Revolution of 1800” because it was the first time in America’s short history that power passed from one political party to the other. This was extremely important because it established the idea that, in the United States, a party would peacefully give up power if it lost an election. 

In its earliest days, the United States had two main political factions that would eventually become separate political parties.  The first of these factions was the Federalists.  Some of the more prominent Federalists included George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams.  This faction believed in a strong national government and was relatively less willing to...

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