John Adams: An Intellectual Champion
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The paper discusses the early years of John Adams, his political beliefs and how he was a part of several events that birthed America's independence. The paper describes how Adams was embroiled with controversy at times during his political career and also points out the animosity between Adams and Alexander Hamilton. The paper concludes that Adams was a thinker and his impressions allowed others to believe that freedom was indeed possible.
From the Paper:"Adams believed America should exist separately from Britain and much of his work aims toward this goal. Adams reflected "optimistic, forward-looking values of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment in his views on education" (Bailey 194). He believed he needed to study politics and war so his sons "may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy" (194). This attitude helped him move into political positions that lead him to become president. He opposed the Stamp Act by writing the Braintree instructions, which did nothing but declare a colony's rights apart from Parliament. Later, he explained how the colonies were never under control of Parliament and knew that the issue would never go away simply because the colonies not only wanted, but needed, independence. Adams attended the first and second Continental Congresses. In 1775, he nominated George Washington for commander-in-chief of the army. Adams also served as a diplomat in France ad the Netherlands. He was successful at this type of negotiations and often procured loans for America. He was also instrumental in helping France negotiate the Treaty of Paris, which brought about the close of the Revolutionary War.
"Adams was a part of several events that birthed America's independence. Adams influence on Congress was strong and one of his most important goals was complete separation from Britain. Others sought Adams' guidance about framing a new government.'
Sample of Sources Used:
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- Bailey, Thomas, et al. The American Pageant. Lexington: D. C. Heath and Company. 1994. Print.
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- "John Adams." White House Official Web Site. Information Retrieved Oct. 21, 2010. http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/johnadams/ Web.
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