378Re: Americans went to bed on election night without knowing
- Nov 3, 2004Burr was an abolitionist? I've always only seen him portrayed as
power-hungry and violent, I wouldn't have guessed he was an abolitionist.
> In 1800, although Aaron Burr ran for vice president on the Democratic-
> Republican ticket with Thomas Jefferson, there wasn't a separate
> ballot for president and vice president. Both received an equal
> number of electoral votes, which threw the election into the House of
> Representatives. The House deliberated from Feb. 11, 1801 to Feb. 17
> and voted 36 times. Jefferson drew support from Hamilton's Federalist
> Party and won. Burr became vice president. What if that election had
> swung the other way and Burr had won?
> "We would have had an abolitionist president in 1800, which would
> have been quite different," says Roger Kennedy, former director of
> the National Park Service, who has written several books about Burr
> and Jefferson.
> Kennedy envisions these developments: Not permitting slavery in the
> territories of the Louisiana Purchase, a violent confrontation
> between North and South decades before the Civil War (with the North
> still winning), a war with Mexico much earlier than 1848, Texas
> joining the United States decades earlier and one more scenario worth
> pondering: "We probably would have had the first women appointed to
> significant posts in the federal government, probably a full century
> before that happened."
> From Republic research. Michael Precker of the Dallas Morning News
> contributed to this article.
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