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American Experience: The Presidents
American Experience presents biographies, domestic and foreign policies and the legacies of all American presidents.
Adams National Historic Park
Everything you need to know about visiting the historic Adams estates in Quincy, Massachusetts, can be found here, including tour times, youth activities, and maps.
Massachusetts Historical Society Online: The Adams Family
Access more than a quarter of a million primary documents electronically including letters, diary entries, and more. The Historical Society library is home to several generations worth of Adams family personal and political records and writings, including those of John, Abigail, and John Quincy.
Smithsonian Institution Portrait Gallery: John Adams
Visit the Smithsonian's Hall of Presidents to find the official portrait of John Adams and other U.S. Presidents.
American Experience: Patriots Day
Explore the Revolutionary era in another American Experience Web site, which takes a look at the reenactors who gather each April in Massachusetts to re-fight the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
The American Revolution
Follow a path of events through the American Revolution on this site from the University of San Francisco, and then test your knowledge with the accompanying worksheet.
Boston Historical Society and Museum
Learn about the Boston Massacre through an interactive investigation of images and eyewitness accounts and decide for yourself what really happened!
John Quincy Adams: One President's Adolescence
Take a look into the young mind of the sixth president of the United States through his letters and diary entries from his home in Quincy, written while his father was helping found a new nation.
Liberty! The American Revolution
Liberty! is a six-part documentary series by PBS that chronicles personal stories of the American Revolution.
NewsHour Interview with David McCullough
Read what passionate Pulitzer Prize winning biographer and historian David McCullough has to say on this often overshadowed revolutionary figure.
Web Sites | Books
Adams, Charles Francis. Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, & Co., 1875.
Adams, James Truslow. The Adams Family. Boston: Little, Brown,and Company, 1930.
Adams, William Howard. The Paris Years of Thomas Jefferson. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1997.
Adams, William Howard. The Eye of Thomas Jefferson. Charlottesville, Virginia: University Press of Virginia, 1976.
Akers, Charles W. Abigail Adams: An American Woman. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1980.
Amos, Gary and Richard Gardiner. Never Before in History, America's Inspired Birth. Dallas, Texas: Houghton Publishing Company, 1998.
Bailyn, Bernard. Faces of Revolution: Personalities and Themes in the Struggle for American Independence. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.
____. To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 2003.
Berkin, Carol R. The American Revolution: Changing Perspectives. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1979.
____. A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2002.
____. First Generations: Women in Colonial America. New York: Hill and Wang, 1996.
____, Leslie Horowitz, editors. Women's Voices, Women's Lives. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1998.
Bobrick, Benson. Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution. New York: Penguin Books, 1997.
Bowen, Catherine Drinker. John Adams and the American Revolution. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1950.
Bowling, Kenneth R. and Donald R. Kennon, editors. Neither Separate nor Equal: Congress in the 1790's. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2000.
Breen, T. H. The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Brown, Walt. John Adams and the American Press: Politics and Journalism at the Birth of the Republic. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 1995.
Butler, Jon. Becoming America: The Revolution before 1776. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
Butterfield, L. H. and Marc Friedlaender, and Andrew Oliver, editors. The Adams Papers, Series 2: Adams Family Correspondence, Volumes 1-4. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1963.
Cappon, Lester J., editor. The Adams Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson, Abigail, and John Adams. Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1959.
Carr, Jacqueline Barbara. After the Siege: A Social History of Boston, 1775-1800. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2005.
Childs, Charles D. and Sinclair H. Hitchings. The Metropolis of New England: Colonial Boston. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society. 1976.
Cogliano, Francis D. Revolutionary America 1763-1815: A Political History. New York: Routledge, 2000.
Cumming, William P. and Hugh Rankin. The Fate of a Nation: The American Revolution through Contemporary Eyes. New York: Phaidon, 1975.
Daniels, Patricia S., and Stephen G. Hyslop. National Geographic Almanac of World History. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2003.
Dolmetsch, Joan. Rebellion and Reconciliation: Satirical Prints on the Revolution at Williamsburg. Williamsburg, Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1976.
Earle, Alice Morse. Child Life in Colonial Days. Stockbridge, Massachusetts: Berkshire House Publishers, 1993.
Ellis, Joseph J. After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1979.
____. American Sphinx, The Character of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1997.
____. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. New York: Alfred A.Knopf, 2001.
____. The New England Mind in Transition. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1973.
____. Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1993.
____. What Did the Declaration Declare? . New York: Bedford/St Martin's Press, 1999.
Ferling, John. Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
____. The First of Men: A Life of George Washington. Knoxville, TN: The University of Tennessee Press, 1988.
____. John Adams: A Life. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 1992.
____. The Loyalist Mind: Joseph Galloway and the American Revolution. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1977.
____. Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution. New York: Oxford Press, 2001.
____. The World Turned Upside Down: The American Victory in the War of Independence. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.
Flavell, Julie and Stephen Conway, editors. Britain and America Go to War: The Impact of War and Warfare in Anglo-America, 1754-1815. Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 2004.
Fortune, Brandon Brame, and Deborah J. Warner. Franklin & His Friends: Portraying the Man of Science in Eighteenth Century America. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, in association with University of Pennsylvania Press,1999.
Fraser, Antonia, editor. The Lives of the Kings & Queens of England. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.
Freeman, Joanne B. Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001.
Gelles, Edith B. Abigail Adams: A Writing Life. New York: Routledge, 2002.
____. First Thoughts: Life and Letters of Abigail Adams. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1998.
____. Portia: The World of Abigail Adams. Bloomington: University
of Indiana Press, 1992.
Gordon, Lyndall. Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2005.
Haraszti, Zoltan. John Adams and the Prophets of Progress. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1952.
Hill, Douglas. A Hundred Years of Georgian London, from the Accession of George I to the Heyday of the Regency. New York: Hastings House, Publishers, 1971.
Horn, James, Jan Ellen Lewis, and Peter S. Onuf. The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, & the New Republic. Charlottesville, Virginia: University of Virginia Press,2002.
Hobsbawm, Eric. The Age of Revolution: 1789-1848. New York: Vintage Books, 1962 (1996).
Isaacson, Walter. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.
Jacobs, Meg, William J. Novak, and Julian E. Zelizer, editors. The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History. Trenton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2003.
Klaits, Joseph and Michael Haltzel. The Global Ramifications of the French Revolution. Washington D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1994.
Koch, Adrienne & William Peden, editors. Selected Writings of John & John Quincy Adams. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1981.
Lancaster, Bruce. Richard M. Ketchum, editor. The American Heritage Book of The Revolution. New York: American Heritage Publishing Co. Inc., 1958.
Levin, Phyllis Lee. Abigail Adams: A Biography. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987.
Maier, Pauline. From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765-1776. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1991.
McCullough, David. John Adams. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.
Mitchell, Stewart, editor New Letters of Abigail Adams 1788-1801. Westport, Conn Greenwood Press, 1973.
Morgan, Edmund S. Benjamin Franklin. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 2003.
Nagel, Paul C. The Adams Women: Abigail and Louisa Adams, Their Sisters and Daughters. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.
New York Public Library. The New York Public Library American History Desk Reference. New York: Macmillan, 1997.
Ramsay, David and Lester H. Cohen, editors. The History of the American Revolution I & II. Indianapolis, Indiana: Liberty Classics, 1990.
Russell, Francis Adams. An American Dynasty. New York: American Heritage Publishing Co. Inc., 1976.
Russell, John. Paris. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers, 1983.
Ryerson, Richard Alan, editor. Adams Family Correspondence, Vols. 1-6. Cambridge, The Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 1993.
____, Robert J. Taylor, and C. James Taylor, eds. Papers of John Adams, Volumes 1- 11. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1996.
____. John Adams and the Founding of the Republic. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2001.
Seale, William. The White House. Actors and Observers. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2002.
Shaw, Peter. The Character of John Adams. Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 1976.
Shepherd, Jack. The Adams Chronicles: Four Generations of Greatness. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1975.
Smith, J. R. Pilgrims & Adventurers: Essex (England) and the Making of The United States of America Essex Record Office. Essex, England: County Hall Chelmsford, 1992.
Soria, Georges. Grande Histoire de la Révolution Francaise, volumes 1-3. Paris: Bordas, 1987.
Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard based on her Diary, 1785-1812. New York: Vintage Books, 1991.
Vidal, Gore. Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University, 2003.
Ward, Harry M. The American Revolution: Nationhood Achieved, 1763-1788. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995.
Weisberger, Bernard A. America Afire: Jefferson, Adams, and the Revolutionary Election of 1800. New York: William Morrow, 2000.
Wilstach, Paul. Correspondence of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, 1812-1826. New York: Kraus Reprint, 1972.
Withey, Lynne. Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams. New York: Free Press, 2001.
Wollstonecraft, Mary. An Historical and Moral View of the Origin and Progress of the French Revolution and the Effect It Has Produced in Europe. New York: Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints, 1975.
Wood, W.J. Battles of the Revolutionary War: 1775-1781. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books, 1990.
Zobel, Hiller B. The Boston Massacre. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1970.