John Quincy Adams' Enduring Legacy

James Traub, Author and Columnist, Foreign Policy. In conversation with Jack Miller.

John Quincy Adams’ life illustrates the often timeless quality of American policymaking. As president and renowned statesman, Adams strived to define the limits of American power, to harness the nation’s vast resources, and unify its people at a time of great social, technological, and geopolitical change. Presidential contenders in 2016 face many of the same challenges and could learn much from Adams’ bold successes and public failures, his moral zeal and deft diplomacy. What forces shaped Adams’ worldview, and do his political and leadership values still resonate today?

Traub’s book, John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit, will be available for purchase and signing from The Book Cellar following the program.

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Can John Quincy Adams Teach Us Anything About Politicians Today?
John Traub, Foreign Policy, 03/25/2016

John Quincy Adams
Frank Freidel and Hugh Sidey,


7:30 a.m.            
Registration and breakfast

7:45 a.m.            
Presentation and discussion

8:45 a.m.            
Adjournment and book signing