Adams was known as the ‘Atlas of Independence’ for his Herculean efforts on behalf of American independence. But his tenure as the nation’s first Vice President and second President tarnished his reputation and led to a break with both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, men he both admired and resented. Adams’ own presidency was marked by constant infighting with the de facto leader of the Federalists, Alexander Hamilton, and by his adoption of the controversial Alien and Sedition Acts during the Quasi-War with France. Adams left the presidency after one term having been defeated in one of the most divisive elections in American history. This colloquium will examine the twelve years that John Adams served in the executive branch under the newly adopted Constitution.
What better way to learn about American history is there than by reading the primary sources, and discussing them with talented colleagues? What better place to learn about American history than in the places it was made? Participating teachers will read a set of primary source documents (150-200 pages), travel to a relevant historic site, and engage in conversation with up to 20 colleagues over the course of a weekend. In addition, participants will receive a stipend of $225 to defray the cost of travel to and from the program site.