What is the "Revolution of 1800" in US history?

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The presidential election of 1800 is often called the "Revolution of 1800."  It was one of the most important elections in our history.  The reason for this is that this election led to a transfer of power from one party (the Federalists) to another (the Democratic-Republicans) for the first time ever.  This was extremely important because it meant that one party would not try to keep power for itself indefinitely.  In many new countries, the party or the people who first get power try to keep it forever and only give it up through violence.  In the US this did not happen.  "The Revolution of 1800," then, was the first presidential election in which one party replaced the other in power.