About John Adams: Revolutionary Writings 1775-1783
This second of two volumes gathering the essential writings of one of the towering figures of the American Revolution traces John Adams’s career from his leading role in the debate over independence (he was “our Colossus on the floor,” remembered Thomas Jefferson), to his tireless efforts to establish the fledgling government of the United States and supply its army in the field, to his crucial diplomatic service in Europe, where he was hailed as “the George Washington of negotiation.” It includes the highly influential pamphlet Thoughts on Government (1776); the “Report of a Constitution for Massachusetts,” (1780) Adams’s blueprint for what remains the world’s oldest working political charter, and dozens of his characteristically frank and revealing personal letters, many to his “dearest friend” Abigail, extensive diary excerpts, and selected passages from his unfinished autobiography recalling his life during this period. A companion volume collects writing from 1755 to 1775.
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Published by Library of America Mar 31, 2011| 750 Pages| ISBN 9781598530902