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A better half to John Adams and John Quincy Adams presents a suite of unique historiographic essays contributed by way of top historians that hide diversified features of the lives and politics of John and John Quincy Adams and their spouses, Abigail and Louisa Catherine.
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• Considers sub-topics of curiosity corresponding to John Adams’ function within the overdue 18th-century dying 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 Sedition Act made it a federal crime to bring into disrepute the general government, either house of Congress, or the president – but not the vice president. The Sedition Act empowered the government to use the full force of law against critics of Adams or his administration – though it allowed defendants to prove the alleged sedition’s truth and left the jury free to determine issues of law and fact (Smith, 1956). Biographers are divided on Adams’s responsibility for these measures; even such ardent Federalists as Alexander Hamilton and John Marshall doubted the statutes’ wisdom.

Adams, 1878a). In 1809, Adams began a series of newspaper articles for the Boston Patriot, a defense of his public career against Hamilton’s 1800 pamphlet that he continued for three years (Freeman, 2001a: ch. 3). 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.

Monographs The first monograph focusing on John Adams appeared in 1915, when the economist and political scientist Correa M. Walsh published The Political Science of John Adams. Analyzing the structure and coherence of Adams’s political thought, Walsh also rejected it, arguing that separation of powers and checks and balances were irrelevant to modern problems. Walsh’s book won praise for its rigor, but attracted criticism for its divorce of Adams’s political thought from his life. The next monographic study of John Adams, appearing nearly four ­decades after Walsh’s study, remains one of the most innovative studies in john adams: the life and the biographers 29 Adams scholarship and the history of ideas.

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