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John Quincy Adams, Reluctant Abolitionist

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

As a Harvard alumnus, U.S. President, member of congress and attorney before the Supreme Court, john Quincy Adams had a unique relationship with slavery. Prickly and curmudgeonly, he danced with abolitionists, but never became one himself. However, Adams did harbor an intense hatred for the arguments of Southern slaveholders, and eventually found himself in the center of America’s greatest struggle.

Informed by Adam’s revealing and often tormented musings form his vast diary, this sweeping narrative offers a unique and gripping account of John Quincy Adam’s battle with slavery, while exploring the many fault lines in American society that led to the Civil War. Included are the dramatic showdowns in the House of Representatives and Supreme Court, as well as Adam’s attempts at outsmarting Southern politicians and his efforts to keep slavery at the forefront of Congressional activities.

Author and historian Jeffrey A. Denman is co-author of Greene and Cornwallis: The Pivotal Struggle of the American Revolution, and is the author of John Quincy Adams, Reluctant Abolitionist. His research focuses primarily on the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth centuries in American history.

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January 11
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Walpole, MA 02081 United States
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Date:
January 11
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Event Categories:
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Event Tags:
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Venue

Community Room
143 School Street
Walpole, MA 02081 United States
+ Google Map

Other

Sponsored by
Friends of the Walpole Public Library