American Legends: The Life of John Adams

American Legends: The Life of John Adams

by Charles River Editors
     
 

*Includes several letters written by Abigail Adams, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
*Includes pictures of Adams and important people, places, and events in his life.
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

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*Includes several letters written by Abigail Adams, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
*Includes pictures of Adams and important people, places, and events in his life.
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

"A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” – John Adams

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

John Adams has become one of the more popular presidents in history relatively recently, but it was not always so. For most of his life he was seen as a bit of an outsider, different from his fellow first presidents in his temperament, birth, life and politics. Adams and his son were the only presidents out of the first seven who were born north of the Mason Dixon line, and he was not an easy man to understand or work with. Not only did he have few friends, but he also often fell into long term quarrels with those he had.

Politically, Adams shared Washington’s preference for Britain as well as his preference of non-interference. However, while he was certainly the more significant man in his work and his governing, he could never seem to move out of Washington’s shadow. Even worse, his presidency was seen as threatening to the very essence of American liberty with the Alien and Sedition Acts, and his loss to Jefferson in 1800 was a repudiation of the Federalists that left Jeffersonians in power until John Quincy Adams was elected in 1824. His presidency is still viewed relatively unfavorably.

Adams remained a celebrated figure in Boston for all the work he did in Massachusetts before and after the Revolution, but his national reputation has experienced quite a renaissance over the past decade, beginning with David Mccullough’s best selling biography in 2001, followed in 2008 by the popular HBO series based on it. Then, in 2010, Dearest Friend, a record of the correspondence between Adams and his wife Abigail solidified his position as one of the most darling Founding Fathers of the 21st Century.

Several factors explain the recent boost to his legacy. First, unlike Washington or Jefferson, Adams was not a cultural icon. Therefore, Americans have had more to learn about his life and work, whereas recent historical findings about men like Jefferson are either anti-climatic or disappointing. Moreover, Adams and his son are the only two of the first 10 presidents not to have owned slaves, making it easier and more politically correct to like them. Finally, the extensive letters that passed between him and Abigail have cast him as a romantic figure in a way that few other presidents enjoy.

American Legends: The Life of John Adams chronicles the amazing life and work of one of America’s Founding Fathers, but it humanizes the man who could be both mercurial and tender. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events in her life, you will learn about John Adams like you never have before, in no time at all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016709147
Publisher:
Charles River Editors
Publication date:
06/12/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
932 KB

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