Class Notes

When Jefferson won the Election of 1800 (my favorite election) it was seen as a win for the common man. Jefferson’s rhetoric had always been about equality. One cultural aspect of the election is that the Minuet fell out of favor as a dance at parties. The Minuet was seen as an aristocratic dance that took hours to master, hours that common people did not have time for. With the new idea of equality, it was now believed the dance was for rank and privilege and died away. The dance me have fell out of vogue, but wanting status never really did, especially for Jefferson.

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