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"Adams and Liberty" is considered the first significant "campaign song in American political history, and served to support incumbent Federalist "John Adams in the "1800 United States presidential election.

The lyrics are from "Robert Treat Paine, Jr., to the tune of "To Anacreon in Heaven (the same tune as the patriotic song and future national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner.)

The country is poetically referred to as "Columbia, and enduring national greatness depends on avoiding the evils of "mercantilism, French alliances (see "XYZ Affair), and "political faction. Other songs were used in subsequent presidential campaigns.[1]


  1. ^ "Timely Tunes". Voices Across Time, Timely Tunes. Center for American Music, University of Pittsburgh Library System, University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 
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