Join us as our guest, a well known historian, brings John and Abigail Adams to life against the backdrop of the Republic’s tenuous early years. Drawing on over 1,200 letters exchanged between the couple, he will tell a story that is both personal and panoramic. We learn about the many years Abigail and John spent apart as John’s political career sent him first to Philadelphia, then to Paris and Amsterdam; their relationship with their children; and Abigail’s role as John’s closest and most valued advisor. Join us to hear the story of this amazing couple that is both a revealing portrait of a marriage and a unique study of America’s early years.
“O say can you see by the dawn’s early light…” You may have sung the National Anthem a hundred times but do you know who penned those lyrics and why he wrote them? Our guest, an award winning author, will share the drama and suspense behind this song that has inspired generations of Americans!
Joseph J. Ellis is one of the nation's leading scholars of American history. The author of eleven books, Ellis was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation and won the National Book Award for American Sphinx, a biography of Thomas Jefferson. His in-depth chronicle of the life of our first President, His Excellency: George Washington, was a New York Times bestseller. Ellis has taught in the Leadership Studies program at Williams College, the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Jane Hampton Cook is an award-winning author of ten books, a national media commentator, columnist, a former White House communication staffer, and a presidential historian. Her passion is to inspire patriotism through her writings, historical scholarship and TV appearances. Inspired by her 9/11 evacuation from the White House, her feature film screenplay SAVING WASHINGTON placed third out of 1,000 entries in ScreenCraft’s 2018 drama screenwriting contest. SAVING WASHINGTON is adapted from her book, The Burning of the White House: James and Dolley Madison and the War of 1812. Her TV Drama series AMERICAN PHOENIX, about Louisa and John Quincy Adams, was a top ten finalist in ISA’s 2020 Genre Contest in the category of Biography and History. Jane received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, a master’s degree in higher education administration from Texas A&M University, and a research fellowship from the Organization of American Historians and White House Historical Association.