AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: John and Abigail Adams Series

Lectures curated around American Experience: John and Abigail Adams, which examines this original power couple.

John and Abigail Adams played a critical role in many of the pivotal events of their era: he was brilliant, argumentative, sometimes irascible, and a vociferous participant at the Continental Congress; she was an important eyewitness reporter during the Siege of Boston, a savvy observer of the tumultuous political scene, and not afraid to speak her mind in an age when women were excluded from politics. They endured long separations and painful defeats, but John and Abigail Adams formed one of the greatest political partnerships in American history, and forged a marriage that sustained them for the whole of their lives. In the post-war era, first as vice president, then as president, Adams was caught up in the increasing political divisiveness that characterized the 1790s when rifts in the country almost pulled the fledgling nation apart.

Lectures curated around American Experience: John and Abigail Adams, which examines this original power couple.

John and Abigail Adams played a critical role in many of the pivotal events of their era: he was brilliant, argumentative, sometimes irascible, and a vociferous participant at the Continental Congress; she was an important eyewitness reporter during the Siege of Boston, a savvy observer of the tumultuous political scene, and not afraid to speak her mind in an age when women were excluded from politics. They endured long separations and painful defeats, but John and Abigail Adams formed one of the greatest political partnerships in American history, and forged a marriage that sustained them for the whole of their lives. In the post-war era, first as vice president, then as president, Adams was caught up in the increasing political divisiveness that characterized the 1790s when rifts in the country almost pulled the fledgling nation apart.