Presidents Adams and the Problem of Democracy

May 9, 2019

Historians Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein examine the parallels between the politics and personalities of father and son Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams as described in their new book, The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality. The book highlights the Adamses’ prophetic warnings about the dangers of partisanship, demagoguery, and the politics of personality. Lana Ulrich, senior director of content at the National Constitution Center, moderates.

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