Important Update: The National Constitution Center's parking garage will be closed for this event. We recommend that you park at the Independence Visitor's Center lot located between Market and Arch Streets on 6th Street. For questions and more information, please call 215-409-6700.
F.M. Kirby Auditorium
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Joseph J. Ellis, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation and His Excellency: George Washington, joins the Center to discuss his latest book, First Family: Abigail and John Adams. Ellis brings America’s preeminent first couple to life and illuminates their unique partnership during the American Revolution and the nation’s tenuous early years. Dr. Richard R. Beeman moderates.
John and Abigail Adams left an indelible and remarkably well-preserved portrait of their lives through their personal correspondence. Both were prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail was the more gifted of the two), and over the years they exchanged more than 1,200 letters. Ellis distills this unprecedented and unsurpassed record to provide an account both intimate and panoramic: part biography, part political history and part love story. John and Abigail’s relationship unfolds in the context of America’s birth as a nation.
Joseph J. Ellis won the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. His portrait of Thomas Jefferson, American Sphinx, won the National Book Award. He is the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
Richard R. Beeman, the John Welsh Centennial Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, has been a member of the faculty at Penn for forty-three years. He is a historian of the American Revolutionary Era, and has written seven books and several dozen articles on aspects of America’s political and constitutional history in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His recent book, Plain Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution was the winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Literary Award of the Philadelphia Athenaeum. He is hard at work on a “prequel” to his book on the Constitutional Convention: Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor: Americans Choose Independence. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center.
A book sale and signing will follow the program, courtesy of Joseph Fox Bookshop.
The National Constitution Center's parking garage will be closed for this event. We recommend that you park at the Independence Visitor's Center lot located between Market and Arch Streets on 6th Street.
Advance reservations required; call 215.409.6700 or order online. Please note that this program is subject to change; call the National Constitution Center or check our website for updated information. Programs at the National Constitution Center begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted to the program.