A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams
Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History 1. Aufl.
A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams presents a collection of original historiographic essays contributed by leading historians that cover diverse aspects of the lives and politics of John and John Quincy Adams and their spouses, Abigail and Louisa Catherine. Features contributions from top historians and Adams’ scholars Considers sub-topics of interest such as John Adams’ role in the late 18th-century demise of the Federalists, both Adams’ presidencies and efforts as diplomats, religion, and slavery Includes two chapters on Abigail Adams and one on Louisa Adams
List of Figures x About the Contributors xi Introduction: The Adams paradox 1 David Waldstreicher Part I The First Generation 3 1 John Adams: The Life and the Biographers 5 R. B. Bernstein 2 John Adams and Enlightenment 36 Darren Staloff 3 The Revolutionary Politics of John Adams, 1760–1775 60 Colin Nicolson 4 John Adams in the Continental Congress 78 Karen N. Barzilay 5 John Adams’s Political Thought 102 David J. Siemers 6 John Adams, Diplomat 125 Wendy H. Wong 7 John Adams and the Elections of 1796 and 1800 142 David W. Houpt 8 The Presidency of John Adams 166 Douglas Bradburn 9 John Adams and Religion 184 John Fea 10 Abigail Adams and Feminism 199 Elaine Forman Crane 11 Abigail Adams: The Life and the Biographers 218 Margaret A. Hogan Part II The Second Generation 239 12 John Quincy Adams: The Life, the Diary, and the Biographers 241 David Waldstreicher 13 John Quincy Adams and National Republicanism 263 Andrew Shankman 14 John Quincy Adams, Diplomacy, and American Empire 281 John M. Belohlavek 15 John Quincy Adams and the Elections of 1824 and 1828 305 David P. Callahan 16 The Presidency of John Quincy Adams 328 Padraig Riley 17 John Quincy Adams, Internal Improvements, and the Nation State 348 Sean Patrick Adams 18 John Quincy Adams: Apostle of Union 367 David F. Ericson 19 John Quincy Adams, Cosmopolitan 383 Bethel Saler 20 John Quincy Adams and the Tangled Politics of Slavery 402 Matthew Mason 21 John Quincy Adams’s Higher Learnings: Rhetoric, Science, and Intellectual History 422 Marlana Portolano 22 A Monarch in a Republic: Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams and Court Culture in Early Washington City 445 Catherine Allgor and Margery M. Heffron Part III Images and Legacies 469 23 Thomas Jefferson and the John Adams Family 471 Herbert E. Sloan 24 The Adamses on Screen 487 Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein 25 An American Dynasty 510 Edith B. Gelles References 542 Index 568
“This is a fine collection of essays on the Adamses and an excellent introduction to one of the most admired, despised, honored, and disrespected families in American history.” (Presidential Studies Quarterly, 1 June 2015) “This is an excellent resource for any academic reference collection or special library with specialization in Colonial America, politics, or regional history.” (Reference Reviews, 1 January 2014) “David Waldstreicher has compiled a glittering collection of essays surveying the lives and times of the second and sixth presidents of the United States. The public and private lives of John, John Quincy and the inimitable Abigail Adams continue to fascinate both academe and the reading public.” (Expofairs.com, 6 May 2013)
David Waldstreicher is Professor of History at Temple University and co-editor of the Journal of the Early Republic. His books include Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution (2004), Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification (2009), and A Companion to Benjamin Franklin (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams presents a collection of original historiographic essays contributed by leading historians that cover diverse aspects of the lives, politics, and post-presidential careers of the second and sixth US presidents, as well as their respective spouses, Abigail and Louisa Catherine. Initial chapters focus on John Adams and proceed chronologically from his background in Massachusetts through key topics relating to his presidency, including foreign affairs and domestic politics. Several essays bring to light issues that continue to foster scholarly debate, such as Adams’ role in the tailspin of the Federalists in the late 1790s, while other essays consider Abigail Adams and her significance as a touchstone figure in the history of American women. The second section of this companion addresses the extraordinarily rich career of John Quincy Adams, placing special emphasis on topics relating to domestic and foreign affairs, two presidential elections, and his especially noteworthy post-presidential career as a Congressman who played a pivotal role in the sectional strife over slavery during the 1830s-40s. The Adams’ enduring family legacy is further explored through coverage of film representations and relationships among the first and second generation of Adamses. A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams offers illuminating insights into the most recent scholarship on the lives and careers of the Adams presidents and their influential families.
?David Waldstreicher has compiled a glittering collection of essays surveying the lives and times of the second and sixth presidents of the United States. The public and private lives of John, John Quincy and the inimitable Abigail Adams continue to fascinate both academe and the reading public. The distinguished collection of authors who contribute to this volume deal with everything from diplomacy and politics to religion, science and literature. This is a must read for anyone hoping to keep up with the Adamses.? - Randall B. Woods, author of the forthcoming John Quincy Adams: "A Man for the Whole People" ?This splendid collection offers something wonderful for every scholar and casual reader who values the Adamses, from brief life and literature surveys of John, Abigail, John Quincy, and Louisa Catherine to essays on both presidencies, four presidential elections, and contested issues of politics, diplomacy, and culture from the American Revolution to the slavery crisis.? - Richard Alan Ryerson, Former Editor in Chief of The Adams Papers
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