Legacy of 1800 Election Informs that of 2004

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Even before political parties were the bureaucracies they are today, the tenor and nature of political dialogue was scurrilous. In 1800, the election between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson marked the first peaceful transfer of power between political parties. Hear professor Richard Beeman and NPR's Liane Hansen.

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