By David Waldstreicher
A significant other to John Adams and John Quincy Adams presents a suite of unique historiographic essays contributed by means of major historians that conceal different facets of the lives and politics of John and John Quincy Adams and their spouses, Abigail and Louisa Catherine.
• beneficial properties contributions from best historians and Adams’ scholars</b>
• Considers sub-topics of curiosity reminiscent of 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>
• comprises chapters on Abigail Adams and one on Louisa Adams
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Extra resources for A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams (Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History)
Holmes (2006) wrote an illuminating, terse assessment of Adams’s religious views. Readers also should consult a valuable series of articles by James M. Farrell (1989, 1991, 1992b, 1994, 2002, and 2006) tracing Adams’s lifelong fascination with the Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero. Finally, though further discussion appears in this volume on Abigail Adams (Chapters 10 and 11), this historiographical overview notes a growing literature dealing with the marriage of John and Abigail Adams. This scholarship was made possible by the extraordinary correspondence between them, which in turn was made necessary by their frequent separations due to John Adams’s public service at home and abroad and Abigail Adams’s periods of illness in her later years.
Thus, while remaining enlightening and valuable, Honest John Adams shows its age, given the outpouring of primary sources and scholarship since its publication. Standing in contrast to Chinard’s work is John Adams and the American Revolution, by the popular biographer Catherine Drinker Bowen (1950). Her admiring book’s chief flaw is her frequent resort to fictionalized passages; further, despite its title, it extends only to 1776. The opening of the Adams papers was a catalyst for a wide range of biographical and historical scholarship.
Finally, news from America of the outbreak in Massachusetts in 1786 of Shays’ Rebellion, a debtors’ insurrection seemingly threatening the government whose constitution he had done so much to create, filled Adams with urgency (Szatmary, 1980; Gross, 1993). In early 1787, the first volume of Adams’s response to Turgot, A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, appeared in London and was reprinted in Philadelphia in time for the opening of the Federal Convention, the body that framed the constitution of the United States.