By David Waldstreicher
A better half to John Adams and John Quincy Adams presents a suite of unique historiographic essays contributed by way of major historians that conceal different points of the lives and politics of John and John Quincy Adams and their spouses, Abigail and Louisa Catherine.
• positive factors contributions from best historians and Adams’ scholars</b>
• Considers sub-topics of curiosity akin to John Adams’ position within the overdue 18th-century dying of the Federalists, either Adams’ presidencies and efforts as diplomats, faith, and slavery<b>
• contains chapters on Abigail Adams and one on Louisa Adams
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Additional resources for A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams (Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History)
His explosive face-to-face confrontation with Hamilton left each man convinced that the other was insane. Infuriated, Hamilton wrote an inflammatory pamphlet denouncing Adams as unfit for office. , President of the United States only to leading Federalists, he hoped to persuade them to abandon Adams for his runningmate, Charles C. Pinckney – but the pamphlet leaked to the newspapers, splitting Federalist ranks and injuring both Adams’s and Hamilton’s reputations (Freeman, 2001a). The split between Adams Federalists backing the president and High Federalists backing Hamilton and Pinckney, together with growing public unhappiness with prosecutions under the Sedition Act and desire for peace with France, played into the hands of the Republicans, who again backed Jefferson and Burr.
Finally, Adams continued or restarted correspondence with such old friends from the Revolution as Benjamin Rush (Schutz and Adair, 1966). These letters and autobiographical writings focused Adams’s attention on how posterity would remember him, prompting on occasion written explosions of hurt, resentment, and envy against patriotic icons such as Washington, Franklin, and Jefferson. Noting signs in Adams’s letters that he was mellowing toward Jefferson, Rush, who valued his friendship with both men, urged them to reconcile their differences.
In 1800, Chief Justice Ellsworth resigned, citing ill-health. At first Adams named John Jay (without c onsulting him) to his former post, and the Senate confirmed him. Jay declined to serve, however, citing the post’s onerousness and the prevailing lack of 22 r. b. bernstein respect for the nation’s courts. Learning of Jay’s refusal, Adams named his secretary of state, John Marshall, to succeed Ellsworth. For once, an impulsive appointment by Adams succeeded far better than he had hoped. Adams did not attend Jefferson’s inauguration, leaving the capital very early on March 4, 1801.
A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams (Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History) by David Waldstreicher