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F301 Fall 2019 John Adams: Patriot, Husband, Politician, Father

Course number : F301 Fall 2019   
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F301 Fall 2019 John Adams: Patriot, Husband, Politician, Father
Mondays, 9:40–11:05, Sept. 23–Nov. 18 (makeup week)
No class Nov. 11
Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Note: Class on Nov. 4 only will be at Church of the Good Shepherd
Instructor: Mark Sierakowski

This course will examine roles of President John Adams as patriot, a voice for independence, husband to Abigail, and politician. His duties and responsibilities as a father and his part in the shaping of America as an independent new nation will also be explored. Film, letters, journals, and commentary will be used to highlight:
  • The Boston Massacre: The right to legal representation. Abigail as counselor and advisor.
  • The Continental Congress: Independency—Yes or No? Now or Never! Abigail: “The merchant had a spanking!”
  • John and John Quincy: Travels to France, Holland, and Russia.
  • Abigail: Travels to France.
  • Burdens of being president.
  • Vice President Adams: “The most insignificant office.”
  • President Adams: Quasi-war, Alien and Sedition Acts, Hamilton: Death of a son. Abigail: “Show me the list of judges!”
  • Death of Quincy. “Posterity, what do you say?”
Mark Sierakowski is an OLLI member who enjoys sharing subjects of interest with other OLLI members.

Class Details

8 Sessions
Weekly - Mon

Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center

Mark Sierakowski 

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Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 11/11/2019)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/23/2019 - 11/18/2019 Weekly - Mon 9:40 AM - 11:05 AM Fairfax, Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center  Map, Room: Performance Room B Mark Sierakowski 

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