Why was the election of 1800 a turning point in American history?
A. it gave the Federalists more power
B. it was the first time that political power shifted
C. Jefferson beat Burr by a huge number of electoral votes
D. Adams ran against Jefferson for the second time
Answer B: In 1800, the election was significant because it ushered a new turning point in U.S. history. It promulgated the first shift of power between the republican-democrats and federalists, represented by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, respectively. In this case, Jefferson took power from Adams, an outcome that initiated a Democratic-Republic leadership based on decentralized government.