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A significant other to John Adams and John Quincy Adams presents a set of unique historiographic essays contributed through top historians that hide various features of the lives and politics of John and John Quincy Adams and their spouses, Abigail and Louisa Catherine.
• good points contributions from best historians and Adams’ scholars</b>
• Considers sub-topics of curiosity comparable to John Adams’ position within the past due 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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5). Adams rejected suggestions that he remain in office until the House broke the deadlock; once the House resolved the deadlock in Jefferson’s favor, Adams worked to ensure an orderly transfer of power. His actions during this crisis rendered a service to the nation and its constitutional ­system as great as that rendered by Washington in refusing to seek a third term. As Washington set a two-term precedent honored until the 1940s, Adams helped to ensure that ensuing presidential elections would be marked by peaceful transfers of authority and power from losers to victors.

Ferling (2000) pursued in greater depth. Robert Middlekauff (1996: ch. 7) presented a fascinating analysis of the Franklin– Adams relationship in a study of Franklin’s enemies. Joanne B. Freeman investigated the long series of self-justifying newspaper essays that Adams published between 1809 and 1811 in the Boston Patriot to illuminate “paper war” as a method of political combat in the early Republic (Freeman, 2001a: chs. 3 and 5), and examined the election of 1800 as “an honor dispute of epic proportions” (Freeman, 1999).

The appearance in the 1850s of The Works of John Adams, including the biography by Charles Francis Adams, established the conventions of Adams biography for decades thereafter. Oddly, the greatest scholar among Adams’s descendants, the historian, essayist, and memoirist Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918), never wrote about his famous ancestor, though he scandalized his students at Harvard by calling John Adams a demagogue. He even began his greatest historical work, The History of the United States john adams: the life and the biographers 27 during the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison (1889–1896), with six chapters on “The United States in 1800” that fail to mention President John Adams even once (Henry Adams, 1984a, 1984b).

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