Monday, Oct 30, 2017 5:30p -
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Date Idea, Lectures & Conferences
Gordon Wood (Brown University) leads us through the relationship that may be the most important in this country's history, that of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. They could scarcely have come from more different worlds or temperaments. Jefferson, the optimist, was an aristocratic Southern slaveowner, while Adams, the overachiever from New England's middling classes, was a skeptic. They worked closely in the crucible of revolution, but ultimately, their differences would lead to a crisis, in their friendship and the nation. But late in life these two men were nudged into reconciliation. What started as a trickle of correspondence became a flood, and a friendship was rekindled.