L326 Fall 2018 John Adams: Patriot, Husband, Politician, and Father
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Sept. 20–Nov. 8
Instructor: Mark Sierakowski
This course weaves the public and private lives of John and Abigail Adams and their children with those of an array of major figures within the overarching story of the birth of independence and the trials and tribulations that followed. Each class will have a movie about the events, which include:
- Adams’s defense of the British soldiers at the Boston Massacre: The making of Adams the patriot.
- The struggles of the Continental Congress in declaring independence.
- John and Abigail’s pain at separation: The journey of Adams and his son John Quincy to France to seek financial aid, and Adams’s contentions with the French and Dutch, but most notably with Benjamin Franklin.
- Abigail’s travels to France: How she gets to know Thomas Jefferson and experiences French society and culture, and John’s return home to face the prospect of helping to lead the new nation.
- Adams as Vice President: Exclusion from Washington’s inner circle, the distancing of his relationship with Jefferson, and his election as President.
- President Adams’s avoidance of war with France: Struggles with his cabinet, signing of the controversial Alien and Sedition Acts, failure to win a second term.
- Abigail’s death: Resumption of communication with Jefferson, and Adams’s and Jefferson’s deaths on July 4, 1826.
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