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

By David Waldstreicher

A spouse to John Adams and John Quincy Adams presents a suite of unique historiographic essays contributed through major historians that hide different 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 resembling John Adams’ position within the overdue 18th-century dying 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 progressive 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 inspiration (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 kingdom (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 greater 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 loo Adams relations (pages 469–486): Herbert E. Sloan
Chapter 24 The Adamses on reveal (pages 487–509): Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein
Chapter 25 An American Dynasty (pages 510–541): Edith B. Gelles

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The imbroglio exasperated Adams. Already doubting the quasi-war’s wisdom, he now began to seek a means to avert a full-blown war with France. Secretly, he asked William Vans Murray, American minister to the Netherlands, to sound out the French about reopening negotiations. Meanwhile, a federal tax enacted to raise revenue for the war sparked outrage in Pennsylvania. John Fries, a veteran of the Continental Army, organized a tax-resistance movement. After clashes pitting the insurgents against local authorities, state militia, and US marshals, Fries and twentynine other men were arrested and tried for treason and other crimes in a federal court; Fries and two others were convicted of treason and sentenced to hang.

After the ponderous tome of John Henry Irelan (1886), three scholars addressed Adams’s presidency. In 1957, Stephen G. Kurtz published a lively, perceptive history situating Adams’s presidency within the emerging partisan battles of the 1790s. Nearly twenty years later, Ralph Adams Brown published his study in the University Press of Kansas’s American Presidency series, offering a ringing defense of Adams against critics past and present (Brown, 1975).  Schlesinger, Jr.. Ranging beyond the presidency, Diggins took Adams seriously as a political thinker and a politician.

S. Wood, 2011a, 2011b). The next major publication of Adams material appeared in 1966, when John Schutz and Douglass Adair published a selected edition of the 26 R. B. BERNSTEIN correspondence between John Adams and Benjamin Rush – The Spur of Fame: Dialogues of John Adams and Benjamin Rush, 1805–1812 (Schutz and Adair, 1966). Based on an 1892 limited edition of the Rush–Adams correspondence (Biddle, 1892), this carefully annotated selection by two distinguished historians cast new light on Adams’s and Rush’s ideas of fame and their preoccupation with posterity’s understanding of the Revolution.

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