02 – John Adams

 

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2.01 – Adams Pre-Presidency Part One

A brief overview of the history of the Adams family, and John Adams’s life to 1772 (1638-1772)

1638-1772

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2.02 – Adams Pre-Presidency Part Two

A brief overview of Adams’s career during the American Revolution, his tenure as a diplomat in Europe, and his service as Vice President

1773-1797

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2.03 – The New Sheriff in Town

Adams takes the oath of office but finds himself beset with problems from the very beginning, including a threat for his Cabinet to resign.

1796-1797

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2.04 – Hither and Yon: The News From Abroad

A brief overview of events in Britain, France, and Saint-Domingue that would impact the Adams presidency.

1783-1797

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2.05 – Et Tu, France?

The Adams administration learns of a break in diplomatic relations with France and works to determine an appropriate response as Adams cultivates sources of information in Europe independent of the State Dept.

1796-1797

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2.06 – Scandals and Observations

Abigail Adams arrives in Philadelphia as the first of the original six frigates of the US Navy is launched and Adams appoints peace commissioners to France. Meanwhile, scandal rocks the Senate and news of Hamilton’s extramarital affair becomes public.

1792-1797

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2.07 – One Hand Washes the Other: The XYZ Affair

The three commissioners sent by Adams arrive in France to begin negotiations but are under pressure from French Foreign Minister Talleyrand to pay a bribe in order to be officially recognized.

1797-1798

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2.08 – Have At Thee!

The Adams administration learns of the XYZ Affair, and the President is faced with the decision of whether or not to go to war. Meanwhile, partisan divisions lead to physical brawls on the floor of the House.

1797-1798

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2.09 – All Around and Away They Go

Adams & the Federalists are ascendant in Philadelphia as the public learns of the XYZ Affair but go a step too far. Meanwhile, other geopolitical developments slowly draw in the expansion-minded US.

1797-1799

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2.095 – Abigail Adams

The life and legacy of Abigail Adams as explored in narrative and in an interview with historian Feather Schwartz Foster.

1744-1818

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2.10 – Checkmate: Hamilton

Adams quickly comes to regret his naming George Washington as commander-in-chief of the US Army when Washington decides to appoint Alexander Hamilton as his second in command. Meanwhile, Gerry’s mission to France makes little headway as Talleyrand and Napoleon focus on plans to reestablish France as a major colonial power.

1798

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2.11 – The Opposition Strikes Back

To be released 16 Dec 2018

TBD

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2.12 – TBD

To be released 30 Dec 2018

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2.13 – TBD

To be released 13 Jan 2019

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2.14 – TBD

To be released 27 Jan 2019

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2.15 – TBD

To be released 10 Feb 2019

TBD

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2.16 – TBD

To be released 24 Feb 2019

TBD

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2.17 – TBD

To be released 10 Mar 2019

TBD

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2.18 – TBD

To be released 24 Mar 2019

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2.19 – Adams Post-Presidency

To be released 7 Apr 2019

TBD

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2.20 – Adams Q&A

To be released Q2 2019

TBD

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Some other sources for learning about our second president available online include:

Featured Image: John Adams by Gilbert Stuart (c.1800-1815), courtesy of Wikimedia

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