American Revolution (Continued)

TimeNov. 19, 2012

from:Bidell, Barbara

to:US History

Students continue to learn about the early workings of the United States through the eyes of John Adams. Students are watching an edited version of the HBO mini-series and discussing the essential elements of America's beginnings. So far students have followed Adams through the Boston Massacre and his defending the British soldiers, the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the Battle of Bunker Hill, the crafting of the Declaration of Indepence, Adams efforts to secure support for the war and his subsequent effort to garner funding for his young country. We were also introduced to the early diplomatic training of John Quincy Adams who followed his father to France, and then served as private secretary to Francis Dana in Russia.

This week, we venture to England as Adams serves as Minister to Great Britain.  We will follow Adams to his seat at the nation's first Vice President and as he moves into the Presidency and the White House. 

For homework this week, students will be looking at the long and sometimes tumultuous relationship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. They will be answering the follwing question: How did the political philosophies of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson differ? We will follow up that assignment with a discussion about how those philosophies led to a rift between the two men, and how they learned once again to respect and honor one another later in life. 

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