The Unseen Significance of Jefferson’s Natural-Aristoi Letter to Adams

Thomas Jefferson crafted a letter to John Adams in a delayed reply to several other letters on views of aristocracy. On October 28, 1813, Thomas Jefferson crafts a letter to John Adams in a delayed reply to several other letters, written by Adams on his views of aristocracy, which cry out for a reply. Adams[…]

John and Abigail Adams: The Beginning of White House Tradition

As the first residents of the White House, they began, under difficult conditions, a 200-year tradition of making the house a home. By Betty C. MonkmanWhite House Curator Emeritus John and Abigail Adams had a wealth of experience in establishing and living in official houses prior to their move into the new President’s House in[…]

Serenading the President: John Adams, the XYZ Affair, and the 18th-Century American Presidency

Sentiment began to change in earnest in the wake of the decision to publicize the XYZ dispatches during the spring of 1798. Behold the chief who now commands,Once more to serve his country stands.The rock on which the storm will beat,But arm’d in virtue, firm, and true,His hopes are fix’d on Heav’n and you. Joseph[…]