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Peaceful transfers of power? Not a guarantee in early America

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Journalists and commentators have invoked historic precedents to contextualize the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. While unprecedented in many ways, those events are also part of a long history of bitter partisanship and political violence in the United States. Thomas Jefferson’s election in 1800 offers an example: the peaceful transfer of power was anything but a foregone conclusion. Historian Lindsay M. Chervinsky discusses historic examples of sedition, violence, and mob action in the early decades of American history.

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