By David Waldstreicher

ISBN-10: 0470655585

ISBN-13: 9780470655580

A spouse to John Adams and John Quincy Adams presents a suite of unique historiographic essays contributed by means of prime historians that disguise 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 reminiscent of John Adams’ function within the overdue 18th-century death of the Federalists, either Adams’ presidencies and efforts as diplomats, faith, and slavery<b>

• comprises chapters on Abigail Adams and one on Louisa Adams

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The Adams administration’s preparations for war included organizing an army. Adams named Washington as the army’s commander-in-chief – but without first asking him. This appointment led to a cascading series of ­misunderstandings and clashes. First, Washington was irked that Adams had not consulted him. Second, he insisted on conditions, including his freedom to name his own staff. Washington wanted three men to serve under him: Alexander Hamilton, his most trusted advisor; Henry Knox, who had commanded artillery under Washington during the Revolution and had been secretary of war under the Confederation and the Constitution; 20 r.

Already doubting the quasi-war’s wisdom, he now began to seek a means to avert a full-blown war with France. Secretly, he asked William Vans Murray, American ­minister to the Netherlands, to sound out the French about reopening negotiations. Meanwhile, a federal tax enacted to raise revenue for the war sparked outrage in Pennsylvania. John Fries, a veteran of the Continental Army, organized a tax-resistance movement. After clashes pitting the insurgents against local authorities, state militia, and US marshals, Fries and twentynine other men were arrested and tried for treason and other crimes in a federal court; Fries and two others were convicted of treason and sentenced to hang.

The opening of the Adams papers was a catalyst for a wide range of ­biographical and historical scholarship. The massive two-volume biography published in 1961 by Page Smith of the University of California at Berkeley was the first based on the microfilm edition of the Adams papers (Page Smith, 1962). Smith’s book won a Bancroft Prize and was widely praised as definitive, but other scholars faulted its scanty attention to Adams’s ideas, its failure to hold Adams’s public and private lives in coherent balance, and its diffuseness (see especially Garraty, 1963).

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