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Feb. 27, 2021

3.27 – Second Term, Same as the Worst

3.27 – Second Term, Same as the Worst

Year(s) Discussed: 1803-1805

Jefferson’s second inauguration may have been a non-event, but on numerous fronts, various tensions were building in early 1805 that threatened to make his second term one to remember. Cabinet members plotted to further their own ambitions while Aaron Burr schemed with foreign powers and domestic discontents in order to return to prominence. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the president, one of his appointments would put a double agent in place to potentially break the recently acquired Louisiana Purchase away from the US.

Featured Image: “Thomas Jefferson” by Matthew Harris Jouett, courtesy of Wikipedia

Intro and Outro Music: Selections from “Jefferson and Liberty” as performed by The Itinerant Band


Special thanks to Roderick Aust for providing the intro quote for this episode, and be sure to check out the Zoom Shakespeare Company on Facebook! Special thanks also to our audio editor, Andrew Pfannkuche, for his work on this episode!