A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams by David Waldstreicher

By David Waldstreicher

A significant other to John Adams and John Quincy Adams presents a suite of unique historiographic essays contributed by way of major historians that conceal varied features of the lives and politics of John and John Quincy Adams and their spouses, Abigail and Louisa Catherine.

  • Features contributions from most sensible historians and Adams’ scholars
  • Considers sub-topics of curiosity similar to John Adams’ function within the past due 18th-century death of the Federalists, either Adams’ presidencies and efforts as diplomats, faith, and slavery
  • Includes chapters on Abigail Adams and one on Louisa Adams

Chapter none advent (pages 1–2): David Waldstreicher
Chapter 1 John Adams (pages 3–35): R. B. Bernstein
Chapter 2 John Adams and Enlightenment (pages 36–59): Darren Staloff
Chapter three The innovative Politics of John Adams, 1760–1775 (pages 60–77): Colin Nicolson
Chapter four John Adams within the Continental Congress (pages 78–101): Karen N. Barzilay
Chapter five John Adams's Political concept (pages 102–124): David J. Siemers
Chapter 6 John Adams, Diplomat (pages 125–141): Wendy H. Wong
Chapter 7 John Adams and the Elections of 1796 and 1800 (pages 142–165): David W. Houpt
Chapter eight The Presidency of John Adams (pages 166–183): Douglas Bradburn
Chapter nine John Adams and faith (pages 184–198): John Fea
Chapter 10 Abigail Adams and Feminism (pages 199–217): Elaine Forman Crane
Chapter eleven Abigail Adams (pages 218–238): Margaret A. Hogan
Chapter 12 John Quincy Adams (pages 239–262): David Waldstreicher
Chapter thirteen John Quincy Adams and nationwide Republicanism (pages 263–280): Andrew Shankman
Chapter 14 John Quincy Adams, international relations, and American Empire (pages 281–304): John M. Belohlavek
Chapter 15 John Quincy Adams and the Elections of 1824 and 1828 (pages 305–327): David P. Callahan
Chapter sixteen The Presidency of John Quincy Adams (pages 328–347): Padraig Riley
Chapter 17 John Quincy Adams, inner advancements, and the country nation (pages 348–366): Sean Patrick Adams
Chapter 18 John Quincy Adams (pages 367–382): David F. Ericson
Chapter 19 John Quincy Adams, Cosmopolitan (pages 383–401): Bethel Saler
Chapter 20 John Quincy Adams and the Tangled Politics of Slavery (pages 402–421): Matthew Mason
Chapter 21 John Quincy Adams's better Learnings (pages 422–444): Marlana Portolano
Chapter 22 A Monarch in a Republic (pages 445–467): Catherine Allgor and Margery M. Heffron
Chapter 23 Thomas Jefferson and the toilet Adams family members (pages 469–486): Herbert E. Sloan
Chapter 24 The Adamses on display (pages 487–509): Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein
Chapter 25 An American Dynasty (pages 510–541): Edith B. Gelles

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42–43). More than five decades later his faith in and commitment to the Enlightenment remained intact. ” This improvement had ameliorated the human condition, promoting social, political, and moral progress and reform to a greater extent “than in any former equal period” (Cappon, 1959: 456). A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams, First Edition. Edited by David Waldstreicher. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Published 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. JOHN ADAMS AND ENLIGHTENMENT 37 The vast bulk of Adams’s convictions, like his faith in science, progress, and reform, were utterly typical of the American republic of letters.

1 A Youthful Enlightenment Like all acolytes of Enlightenment, the young John Adams reveled in the accomplishments of modern science. The ancients of classical Greece and Rome might lay claim to priority in poetry and oratory, but when it came to the mathematical sciences of physics and astronomy, modern learning seized the laurel. 42–43). Adams’s allusion to the “felicity” of scientific knowledge was hardly unique. The notion that scientific investigation (like all higher learning) was inherently pleasurable and that the diffusion of its findings a great source of happiness, was near-axiomatic among those who aspired to membership in the Enlightened commonwealth of learning.

Although, as L. H. , 1975: 11), he also was a nineteenth-century Boston Brahmin who, discomfited by his grandfather’s earthiness and his idiosyncratic spelling and capitalization, regularized and sanitized Adams’s prose, rendering Adams chilly, formal, and pompous. Compounding this problem, the Adams family closed the Adams papers to research for more than a century, pointing scholars to the Works. B. Thompson, 2000; Carey, 2000; Diggins, 2004) still use the Works as their source. In 1956, the Adams Manuscript Trust transferred the Adams papers to the Massachusetts Historical Society, host of The Adams Papers project, founded in 1954.

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