R316 Spring 2019 John Adams: Patriot, Husband, Politician, Father
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Mar. 28–May 16
Instructor: Mark Sierakowski
This course weaves the public and private lives of John and Abigail Adams and their children with an array of major figures within the over-arching story of the birth of independence and the trials and tribulations that followed. Movies, diaries, and letters tell the story about:
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- Adams’ 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 of separation. Adams taking their son John Quincy, to France. Adams’ contention with the French and Dutch while working with Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee.
- Abigail’s travels to France. Returning home, Adams faces the prospect of helping to lead the new nation.
- Adams as vice president and president. Abigail as “counselor.”
- Retirement. Abigail’s death. Correspondence with Jefferson. Adams’ and Jefferson’s death on July 4, 1826.