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100 1  Bernstein, Richard B.,|d1956-|eauthor. 
245 14 The education of John Adams /|cR.B. Bernstein. 
264  1 New York, NY :|bOxford University Press,|c[2020] 
300    1 online resource (viii, 349 pages) :|billustrations 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    computer|bc|2rdamedia 
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504    Includes bibliographical references and index. 
505 0  Preface "Let us dare to read, think, speak and write" -- 
       "Something should be said of my origin": From Braintree to
       Harvard (1735-1755) -- "It is my Destiny to dig Treasures 
       with my own fingers": Law and Marriage (1755-1765) -- 
       "Britain and America are staring at each other": 
       Revolutionary Advocate (1761-1774) -- "We must for the 
       future stand upon our own Leggs or fall": Continental 
       Congress and Independence (1774-1777) -- "May the Design 
       of my Voyage be answered": Revolutionary Diplomat, 
       Polemicist, and Constitution-Maker (1777-1783) -- "every 
       phenomenon that occurs in the history of government": 
       American Minister and Constitutional Commentator (1783-
       1788) -- "The most insignificant office": Vice President 
       (1788-1797) -- "May none but wise and honest Men ever rule
       under this roof": President John Adams (1797-1801) -- "In 
       dogmatizing, laughing, and scolding I find delight": 
       Retirement (1801-1812) -- "What was the Revolution?" The 
       Sage of Quincy (1812-1826) -- Epilogue: "Whether you or I 
       were right Posterity must judge.": The Legacies of John 
520    "Let us dare to read, think, speak and write...." In 1765,
       John Adams, a twenty-nine-year-old Massachusetts lawyer, 
       pondered the crisis engulfing Great Britain and its North 
       American colonies. In his view, the dispute's focus was 
       how the British Empire was to be governed under the 
       unwritten English constitution. To address that problem, 
       Adams drafted a pamphlet, "A Dissertation on the Canon and
       Feudal Law." He likened Britain's abuse of its authority 
       over the colonists to the enslavement of medieval Europe 
       by kings and lords allied with the Roman Catholic Church. 
       Juxtaposing dangers past and present, he warned that a new
       tyranny was on the horizon, but, he added, the colonists 
       had means to resist it. Knowledge of American rights under
       the English constitution, he maintained, would bolster 
       American resistance: "This spirit [of liberty], however, 
       without knowledge, would be little better than a brutal 
       rage. Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the 
       means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak and 
       write." 1 Adams's exhortation to his readers illuminated 
       his life, his part in the American Revolution, and his 
       role in the evolution of American constitutionalism. In 
       the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers fought in 
       different ways and using different means. Adams marshaled 
       words and arguments in the American revolutionary cause. 
       As lawyer, politician, legislator, constitution-maker, 
       diplomat, and executive, he mobilized legal and historical
       knowledge for the greater good, drawing on the best of the
       past to save the future: Let every order and degree among 
       the people rouse their attention and animate their 
       resolution. Let them all become attentive to the grounds 
       and principles of government, ecclesiastical and civil. 
       Let us study the law of nature; search into the spirit of 
       the British constitution; read the histories of ancient 
       ages; contemplate the great examples of Greece and Rome; 
       set before us the conduct of our own British ancestors, 
       who have defended for us the inherent rights of mankind 
       against foreign and domestic tyrants and usurpers, against
       arbitrary kings and cruel priests, in short, against the 
       gates of earth and hell. Adams lived with books at his 
       elbow and a pen in his hand. Insatiably curious about the 
       world around him, he educated himself and sought to teach 
       his contemporaries and posterity what he had learned. 
       These lifelong processes of learning and teaching 
       constitute the education of John Adams. 2 Previous studies
       of Adams use one of two competing approaches to Adams, 
       neither capturing his life's complexity or significance. 
       Dazzled by his colorful personality, his self-awareness, 
       and his revealing himself on paper, most biographers 
       stress Adams's character, some reducing his constitutional
       and political advocacy and analysis to mere products of 
       his internal conflicts. 3 The competing biographical 
       school spotlights him as a constitutional and political 
       thinker, rooted in an intellectual tradition extending 
       from Greece and Rome to the Enlightenment - but pushing 
       his nonpolitical life into the background.4 Deciding 
       between character without ideas (reducing Adams to an 
       idiosyncratic volcano but ignoring his intellectual depth)
       and ideas without character (seeing Adams as a learned 
       intellectual but shortchanging his humanity) is a false 
       choice. Juxtaposing his ideas with his character, this 
       book sets him within intersecting contexts - personal, 
       regional, lawyerly, political, and intellectual - that 
       shaped his vision of the world and of his place in it. 5 
       Setting Adams in context deepens our understanding of his 
       life's personal dimension. Adams's resentments, explosions
       of temper, and paroxysms of vanity become more 
       comprehensible when we grasp why he felt and expressed 
       himself that way. His outbursts, voicing his sense of his 
       virtues and failings, had roots in and resonated with his 
       intellectual and cultural contexts. Given, for example, 
       that he and his contemporaries saw fame as this world's 
       just reward for service to the public good, and that his 
       sense of fame resonated with the moral heritage of his 
       Calvinist roots, he had reasons to take personally efforts
       to denigrate his labors. Those seeking to deny him fame, 
       he thought, were trying to take away what he had earned. 
       By denigrating him, they rejected the worth of his labors 
       and his arguments. 6 His battles with Benjamin Franklin, 
       with Alexander Hamilton, and with Thomas Jefferson were 
       clashes of personality and of principled intellectual 
       disputes about political theory and practice."--|cProvided
       by publisher. 
588    Description based on online resource; title from digital 
       title page (viewed on May 01, 2020). 
600 10 Adams, John,|d1735-1826. 
600 17 Adams, John,|d1735-1826.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst00042531 
648  7 1775-1809|2fast 
650  0 Presidents|zUnited States|vBiography. 
650  7 Politics and government.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01919741 
650  7 Presidents.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01075723 
651  0 United States|xPolitics and government|y1775-1783. 
651  0 United States|xPolitics and government|y1783-1809. 
651  7 United States.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01204155 
655  0 Electronic books. 
655  7 Biographies.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01919896 
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