Abigail Adams, the wife of one president and the mother of a second, was significant not only for her accomplishments as a diarist and letter writer but for the influence she had on successive generations of the Adams family. Scholar Henry Adams, the great-great-great-great-great grandson of Abigail and John Adams, looks at his forbear’s life and writing, especially her often caustic impressions of the Founding Fathers.
Adams is the former Samuel Sosland curator of American Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Currently he is a professor of American Art at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
This series is made possible by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legacy Fund Grants to the Truman Library Institute and to the Kansas City Public Library. Co-sponsored by KCUR’s Up to Date.