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John Quincy Adams, Reluctant Abolitionist — Live Program and Book Signing

On Thursday, April 18th, at 7pm at the Adams Academy, Quincy Historical Society will mark the Patriots Day holiday by hosting a program highlighting the second generation of the Adams political dynasty and exploring the unfinished business of the American Revolution. Author and former history teacher, Jeffrey Denman, will guide us through the subject of his latest book – John Quincy Adams’ complex evolution on the issue of slavery.
Over the course of his varied career, John Quincy Adams – as a diplomat, as President, as a member of Congress, as an attorney – frequently found himself wrestling with the “peculiar institution” of slavery. While personally vehemently opposed to slavery and frequently expressing his disgust with southern slaveholders, JQA never officially joined the abolitionist movement, fearing that abolition would inevitably lead to the dissolution of the union.
In this program, Denman will highlight the various intersections of Adams’ career with the national debate over slavery and abolition, including the tumultuous antebellum period, and Adams’ defense of the kidnapped Mendi people during the Amistad case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
This event is open to all and free to attend. A book signing will follow the program.
We hope to see you there!


Apr 18 2024


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Adams Academy Building


Adams Academy Building
8 Adams Street, Quincy, Massachusetts

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Quincy Historical Society & Museum
8 Adams Street, Quincy, Massachusetts
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