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John and Abigial Adams

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John Adams

Primary Sources

A searchable database of John Adams Papers is maintained by the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Secondary Sources

Bowen, Catherine Drinker. John Adams and the American Revolution. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1950.

Ellis, Joseph J. Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams. New York London: W.W. Norton, 1994.

Grant, James. John Adams – Party of One. London: The Folio Society, 2008.

Hutson, James H. John Adams and the Diplomacy of the American Revolution. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2015.

Isenberg, Nancy, and Andrew Burstein. The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality. New York, NY: Viking, 2019.

Book Review:  A compeling analysis of the contributions of John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

McCullough, David G. John Adams. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.

Ryerson, Richard Alan. John Adams’s Republic: The One, the Few, and the Many. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.

Shaw, Peter. The Character of John Adams. Chapel Hill: Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Va., by the University of North Carolina Press, 1976.

Shepherd, Jack. The Adams Chronicles: Four Generations of Greatness. 1st ed. Boston: Little, Brown, 1975.

Smith, Page. John Adams. 2 vols. Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday, 1962.

Wood, Gordon S. Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. New York: Penguin Press, 2017.

Abigail Adams

Secondary Sources

Holton, Woody. Abigail Adams. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York: Free Press, 2009.

Historical Markers

London, England, photo by Andrew Ebbott, September 25, 2019

Unidentified Artist

John Adams by Gilbert Stuart

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