Dr. Cynthia Newton of Wesley College will present a program July 6 that will focus on the early political battle for the presidency in the 1800s.
The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North, Dover.
Newton will touch base on the presidential election in the 1800s and its brief history when Thomas Jefferson challenged incumbent John Adams. Both Adams and Jefferson had different views and philosophies concerning how the young Republic should be governed.
While Adams' federalist views favored a strong central government, the Jeffersonians believed the states should have more power to make decisions for their citizens. James Bayard, Delaware's lone Representative in the House of Representatives, made the decision to turn in a blank ballot-thus giving Jefferson enough votes to win the election.
Newton is associate professor in political science at Wesley College in Dover. Her areas of expertise are American governmental institutions and public policy.
The program is free and open to the public.
For more information: (302) 744-5047.