Introduction : the unintentional campaign -- A new republic and its discontents -- Popular politics in a postcolonial nation -- The Jay Treaty crisis and the origins of the 1796 campaign -- From measures to "that man" : toward the presidential option for political change -- The long goodbye : finding candidates in the shadow of Washington -- The first culture war : themes and issues of the Federalist campaign against Thomas Jefferson -- His rotundity : themes and issues of the democratic-republican campaign against John Adams -- Taking the electoral college to school : how presidential electors helped create the national presidential election rather than preventing it -- The party racers : voting for president in 1796 -- Epilogue : kiss my ass and go to Hell.
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