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?”
is an OLLI member who enjoys sharing subjects of interest with other OLLI members.