Joining our conversation this week is the award-winning author Joseph Ellis. We discuss his book First Family: Abigail and John Adams in part one of two shows as our first entry for the Thomas Jefferson Hour Book Club series.
- First Family: Abigail and John Adams by Joseph J. Ellis
- Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams by Joseph J. Ellis
- Founders Online: John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, 15 July 1813, with Postscript from Abigail Adams to Thomas Jefferson, [ca. 15 July 1813]. "You and I, ought not to die, before We have explained ourselves to each other."
- The Thomas Jefferson Hour Book Club
John Adams said this was the central human impulse—this rage for distinction. Think about this in your own life. Where is your distinction from the herd—now numbering 340 million rival human beings in America alone? What do you have or do that marks you as remarkable, or perhaps unique? Somewhere in your story, says John Adams, you hang your competitive hat on that distinction.
Read this week's Jefferson Watch essay, "Have You Looked Around, Mr. Jefferson?"