2,322Apr 18, 1999
Life Portrait of John Quincy Adams
In the sixth of a series of life portraits of American presidents, the guests discussed the life and career of John Quincy Adams and responded to audience telephone calls. They also talked ...
1,847Nov 9, 2009
Book Discussion on Abigail Adams
Woody Holton talked about his biography Abigail Adams (Free Press; November 3, 2009). Mr. Holton focused on the first lady’s writings and reported that she championed the education ...
1,075Nov 13, 2002
Book Discussion on A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution
Carol Berkin discussed her book A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution, published by Harcourt. The book relates the story of the summer of 1787, when a group of men ...
830Nov 5, 2007
Book Discussion on Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution
Historian Woody Holton talked about his book Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, published by Hill and Wang. He contends that the Constitution was drafted by a group of ...
701Dec 16, 2004
Book Discussion on His Excellency: George Washington
Professor Ellis talks about his book His Excellency: George Washington, published by Knopf. The author explains Washington’s position on several issues, including expansion and ...
665Apr 6, 2011
Book Discussion on Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition
James Kloppenberg, chair of the history department at Harvard University, explores the philosophical, political, and historical studies of President Barack Obama. Mr. Kloppenberg examines ...
567Nov 19, 2007
Book Discussion on My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams
John and Abigail Adams kept a written correspondence throughout their relationship that contained a commentary on the political landscape of the newly formed country. My Dearest Friend: ...
517Jun 27, 2009
Jefferson, Adams and Religion
Scholars spoke about the various books and ideas that shaped the religious theology and philosophy of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They focused on how various works by religious leaders, ...
456Feb 16, 2011
Remembering Charles Sumner
A program was given to highlight the efforts and achievements of U.S. Senator Charles Sumner during the bicentennial year of his birth and the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. He was a ...
270Jun 27, 2009
Jefferson, Adams and Their Legacy
Panelists talked about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson’s friendship, legacies, and libraries. They also spoke about the social climate of the Founding Fathers. Following their ...
247Apr 14, 2005
Book Discussion on John Adams: Party of One
James Grant talked about his book John Adams: Party of One, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He described John Adams as an independent-minded president. The book recounted ...
189Jan 29, 2009
Book Discussion on The National Parks: America's Best Idea
Ken Burns talked about next film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, which would premier on PBS in the fall of 2009. He discussed the people, ideas, circumstances, and events that ...
160Feb 15, 2007
Book Discussion on The Education of Henry Adams
Edward Chalfant and Conrad Wright talked about the book they co-edited, The Education of Henry Adams: A Centennial Version, published by the Massachusetts Historical Society. In 1907 ...
145Oct 16, 2002
Book Discussion on In The Devil's Snare
Ms. Norton talked about her book, In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692, published by Alfred A. Knopf. The book is a re-examination of the 17th-century ...
135Sep 8, 2005
U.S-France Relations from an Historical Perspective
At the Harvard Club, David McCullough spoke about the relationship between the United States and France from a cultural and historical perspective. He discussed the effect of the French on ...
127Dec 7, 2001
Book Discussion on Jack: A Life Like No Other
Mr. Perret talked about his biography of John F. Kennedy, Jack: A Life Like No Other, published by Random House. During his presentation, Mr. Perret explored John F. ...
102Jun 10, 2009
The Place of the Past in American Life
David Glassberg spoke about the historical significance of the battle at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, that opened the Revolutionary War. Professor Glassberg’s research ...
81May 18, 2001
Henry Adams and the Life of the Mind
As part of a conference titled, “Henry Adams and the Need to Know,” scholars discussed and compared their work on “Henry Adams and the Life of the Mind.” They also responded ...
80May 18, 2001
Henry Adams Through Art
As part of a conference titled, “Henry Adams and the Need to Know,” the participants discussed Professor Maine’s paper on “Henry Adams Through Art” followed by audience ...
79May 18, 2001
Henry Adams and the World
As part of a conference titled, “Henry Adams and the Need to Know,” the participants discussed Professor Lagayette’s paper on “Henry Adams and the World,” followed by ...