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A better half to John Adams and John Quincy Adams presents a set of unique historiographic essays contributed through top historians that conceal varied elements of the lives and politics of John and John Quincy Adams and their spouses, Abigail and Louisa Catherine.
• positive factors contributions from most sensible historians and Adams’ scholars</b>
• Considers sub-topics of curiosity comparable to John Adams’ function within the overdue 18th-century loss of life of the Federalists, either Adams’ presidencies and efforts as diplomats, faith, and slavery<b>

• contains chapters on Abigail Adams and one on Louisa Adams

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In John Adams and the Prophets of Progress (1952), Haraszti used Adams’s marginal notations, particularly those from the 1790s and early 1800s, to illuminate his ­ ­evolving political thought. Appearing almost simultaneously with Haraszti’s book was John Adams, Scholar, by Alfred Iacuzzi, a professor of Italian at Brooklyn College, which covered much of the same ground but from a ­different perspective, stressing Adams’s gift for foreign languages and his wide and extensive reading (Iacuzzi, 1952).

The appearance in the 1850s of The Works of John Adams, including the biography by Charles Francis Adams, established the conventions of Adams biography for decades thereafter. Oddly, the greatest scholar among Adams’s descendants, the historian, essayist, and memoirist Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918), never wrote about his famous ancestor, though he scandalized his students at Harvard by calling John Adams a demagogue. He even began his greatest historical work, The History of the United States john adams: the life and the biographers 27 during the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison (1889–1896), with six chapters on “The United States in 1800” that fail to mention President John Adams even once (Henry Adams, 1984a, 1984b).

Jsp). Franklin’s letter soon became notorious, within Congress and among American politicians, ­pursuing Adams for the rest of his life (and thereafter) as the most d ­ evastating critique of him ever written. Despite his desire to go home, and his December 1782 letter submitting his resignation to Congress, Adams stayed in Europe hoping against hope for news. Finally he learned that he had been named to act, with Franklin and Jefferson, to negotiate commercial treaties with such European powers as Prussia.

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