Sources for "Attack Ads, Circa 1800"

For those interested, here are some of our sources for the statements made in "Attack Ads, Circa 1800."

John Adams is a blind, bald crippled toothless man

http://books.google.com/books?id=GHMnz8G0GTcC&pg=PA500&lpg=PA500&dq=adams+blind,+bald+crippled+toothless&source=bl&ots=9lbKRZPRGk&sig=G8iF_6jamjrAWBg5_f9aRsW093U&hl=en&ei=FuvJTLTTCYOglAel07SnAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBcQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=adams%20blind%2C%20bald%20crippled%20toothless&f=false

who secretly wants to start a war with France.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/sep/19/going-negative-is-in-the-dna-of-our-democracy/

While he’s not busy importing mistresses from Europe

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/historyonline/scandal.cfm

he’s trying to marry one of his sons to a daughter of King George III.

http://millercenter.org/academic/americanpresident/adams/essays/biography/3

John Adams is a hideous hermaphroditical character with neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.

http://articles.cnn.com/2008-08-22/living/mf.campaign.slurs.slogans_1_jefferson-family-sally-hemings-vice-president-jefferson?_s=PM:LIVING

Murder, robbery, rape, adultery and incest will be openly taught and practiced, the air will be rent with the cries of the distressed, the soil will be soaked with blood and the nation black with crimes.

http://millercenter.org/academic/americanpresident/jefferson/essays/biography/3

Are you prepared to see your dwellings in flames? Female chastity violated? Children writhing on the pike?

http://books.google.com/books?id=YOWX0jLPbkwC&pg=PA188&lpg=PA188&dq=%22female+chastity+violated%22+%22children&source=bl&ots=4JW5TDUjnX&sig=G6_8ik8es-6hkf-SB2Edx_-E-Zo&hl=en&ei=X-7JTKelNMWblgfxufj6Cg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22female%20chastity%20violated%22%20%22children&f=false

Jefferson is the son of a half-breed Indian squaw raised on hoe-cakes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_People_and_Their_Place_in_History

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08036/854713-51.stm

Hamilton is a Creole bastard brat of a Scotch pedlar.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1071513/posts

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    Well...the claim about Jefferson (according to the source is a spurious quote. Reason, I agree with you, but please read your sources.

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    Which claim about Jefferson? There are several listed.

    Oh and please close your parentheses, that shit is confusing.

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    No mention of the Alien & Sedition Act, Adams's baby, and the forerunner of the Patriot Act and Homeland Security. Why not?
    No Jefferson-lover here, not at all. Jefferson's election only served to eliminate the "3-party system" and his Admin was the first to run a deficit. What -- think he had 4 million sitting there for Napoleon's war effort? No.
    TJ was the also the 1st to cite "executive priviledge" regarding subpeonaed documents. Can you say Richard Nixon.

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    I like the overall point of this, but I'm with Accuracy. That "half-breed Indian squaw" quote is from a collection of jokey folk tales published in 1879 -- not exactly reliable source material. The one likening Adams to a hermaphrodite, meanwhile, was actually describing his character -- i.e., he *has* a "hideous, hermaphroditical character," not he *is* one. Which is still bad, but way different.

    And those are just the first two I looked up.

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