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If you think this campaign has been unpleasant, it’s been nothing compared to the events of 1800
There was no room and little or no tolerance for moral integrity and ideological purity during a time we tend to idealize, if we bother to think of at all.
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|David McCullough, author of John Adams|
While scathing insults and blatant lies befoul the air during the sefinal days of the 2012 Campaign, esteemed historian David McCullough has told Morley Safer of CBS Sixty Minutes that the current exchange of rough-tongued assaults, brutal distortions and outright character assassination seem mild, indeed, in comparison to our early days as a representative republic.
Recalling the election of 1800 McCullough reveals how Thomas Jefferson defeated John Adams. Apparently, Jefferson paid a journalist to excoriate his opponent with tales if his being “a mentally unbalanced hermaphrodite.” Adams in turn spread the word that “a Jefferson victory would mean murder, rape, and robbery in the streets.”
|Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
Philadelphia's historic Carpenter's Hall provides the backdrop for this "60 Minutes" story examining past elections and the country's current state through an historical prism.
The story will be broadcast TONIGHT, Sunday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7:00 p.m. PT. on CBS's 60 Minutes.