tv Lectures in History CSPAN October 17, 2015 8:00pm-9:06pm EDT
julian bond died in august. american history tv features an oral history with mr. bond where he remembers growing up in the segregated south, his involvement with the student nonviolent cord knitting committee, and his political career. they were conducted by the university of virginia of virginia's explorations of black leadership project. >> each week, american history tv sits in on a lecture with a college professor. you can watch the classes here every saturday evening at 8 p.m. and midnight eastern. next, a seminar for high school teachers on the early years of the revolutionary war. through the letters of john and abigail adams, this class at part one of ae --
two-part lecture. >> ok, here is where we are going today. we're going to take a look at the courtship of abigail and our first chance to talk about the correspondence -- which is the basis of our course and historical understanding of the relationship. there is about 1200 letters between them. that is a lot. it, willu think about we ever know as much about modern-day american political leaders as we know about those people in the late 18th century question mar it seem? it seems weird. i think we want no less. unless all the e-mails between way -- and bill find our
not get a raise, if you will -- [laughter] and it is distinctive in its candor and intimacy. dolly and james madison had a great relationship, they are together all the time. and because of the paradox of proximity, because abigail and john are apart, we know the most about them when they are apart. record that isa really unprecedented. i have made the case and will repeated here that this is the most fully revealed marriage and partnership between prominent american figures in all of american history. that and cometest up with other examples, but i still would defend that just for the purposes of argument and our discussion today.
ok, here is where we are going. we are going to look at the iins and their careers 1765-1775. all of you have seen this and perhaps taught it, remember it is in every women's anthology in history/ . and we have a few new things to say about it. intense take a very look at the summer of 1776, lots of things are happening at the same time. both politically and that they they are writing the declaration -- the british fleet is arriving on long island with soldiers to destroy the continental army. and abigail and john have all
the kids, all four of them, in boston up for inoculation. so you have this personal and this public story going on at the same time. and we are going to take a look at what adams might've said if he wrote the declaration. a brief review of what we talked about last time. we do this at the beginning of every class. it will be brief, but if you want to say something, correct me, or insert your sense of what we agreed on last time, this is the opportunity to do so. ?ok ok? we are flying in a very high altitude over the landscape of the late 18th century in america. and we were noticing certain is this, one of which thing called the american revolution. which is going to happen at that time. it is happening.
we notice that the term revolution is trickier than it first seems. because winning a war for colonial independence is not itself inherently a revolutionary act. be ao there might different term we could use to get at this, and the term we were playing with his american founding. rather than american revolution. the textbooks you use will all say revolution. the american revolution does not fit the classic european definition of revolution, we said. it is not a class conflict, one class does not replace the other. not like the russian or french revolutions. the chinese revolution. is possible to argue it is revolution, i think it is, and it is a revolution because of what it creates at the end.
the largest republic, nation-size republic, in world history that then becomes the liberal model for the nationstate in the 19th and 20th century. that is a big deal. ok? a big deal. in orderd that the war to have a successful secession from the british empire, and that term conjures up the fact that the confederacy in 1861 is going to say they are merely doing what the american colonists did in rebelling against the british empire when they rebelled against the union and lincoln, lincoln equals george ii> i. that from a purely conventional perspective, there is no way
they could defeat the british army and navy. i know we have great pride in our military and continental army, all of that stuff. but that this was a no-win situation, if they fought the war in conventional terms. so that on the one side you can make the case that it is a miracle. and actually washington said this at the end. he called a standing miracle that we won the war. he said with all of these ragtag groups, all amateurs -- he always called it a standing miracle. what does a sitting miracle look like? a lying down miracle? [laughter] that is true. but i did not say this last time, it was implicit. i think our own experience in vietnam and more recently in iraq has made us more aware of
then we were of the intractable problems the british faced in winning this war. they are fighting what we now call a counterinsurgency operation, with a force at any 60,000ime of 50,000 or troops spread out. in order to win this war, they need 500,000 troops and they needed to be able to occupy any country they conquered permanently. that was politically and economically impossible for them to do. so once washington figured out how to fight the war, irony of ironies, the way to fight is not to try to win, the way to fight it is to make sure you do not lose. right? preserve the continental army intact as much as possible, do not fight battles unless you have a tactical advantage, etc. they won.
tada! not only did they win, but at the beginning of the conflict, we go back to this year -- nobody says the americans are fighting in order to acquire an empire in north america. says that is our goal. it is all constitutional arguments to be free of the tyrannical regime of parliament in the british ministry. but at the end of the war, ie, we by accident, whoops get the land between the alleghenies and the appellations and the mississippi. and that creates an interesting problem, an interesting problem the british had before the war. you can see this as a continuation of the french and indian war. of french and indian war
1754-1753, the brits and the french are fighting for european control of the american interior. by the way, there were these other people called native americans have been there for 600 years. there are about 2000 of them. they are in the french and indian war, they control the balance of force. whoever gets the native americans is going to win. and the americans are in there just as allies. and so, the american revolution becomes the next chapter in that same story. it is no a fight between the brits and the americans for who controls this area. and we went. in. the native americans site mostly with the brits. they think the brits are going to win, because as anyone would have thought, if the brits can win against france, the concert
they win against these amateurish americans. we did not talk about this. once that happens, a native american presents east of the mississippi is probably doomed. it is a tragedy. here is the final point in making. the biggest item in the landscape is a huge crater. and it is called slavery. any historian,t or any writer of essay questions ,or the advanced placement exam who fails to make slavery a central topic is doing a disservice to the american history. it is there. it is the ghost at the banquet, the elephant in the room --
whatever you want to call it. historian, any who brings his or her political agenda in the 21st century and uses that as the exclusive window through which to view that problem is also doing american history a disservice. that we have to to first come to grips with the way in which it was seen in the way it was perceived by the american leaders at that time. also by the african-americans trapped within it, if we possibly can. and we left it at the end, this is a tragedy. and the question we have to discuss, the question we will not discuss here, but the one that u.s. teachers i think should raise with your students is, what kind of tragedy was it? a shakespearean tragedy, meaning that human agency had a hand in
it and we could have done it differently. solved.ld have been myis it a greek tragedy, little latin background from the jesuits. tis the will of the gods. it is embedded, intractable, no way to solve it. we do know beyond any shadow of a doubt that if it had been faced squarely and put on the agenda in the constitutional convention, the constitution would have never been passed. but are there other ways it could have been removed? we will talk about that and subsequent classes, but concerning that on the record now, we call attention to 's significance. situatione historical
in the late 18th century. interestingly, you get to the antebellum. , you get souther's saying it is erners saying it is a positive good. we are taking care of those people, better than they would be if they were back in africa. they say that. calhoun says that. interestingly, nobody says that in the late 18th century. that wanted toe be removed. franklin says that. adams says it from afar in london. and other people like slaveowners, such as jefferson and pinckney, it is a necessary evil.
we cannot do without it. our economy cannot work without it. but nobody makes a moral case latelavery in the 18th century. they know it is wrong. they all know that slavery violates the values on which the american revolution was based. there is no disagreement about that. ok? so anyone that claims -- and the south would say it is not, but it is -- and the confederate flag thing? we understand there have southerners live grown-up that it is a patriotic thing, but go back and read. when south carolina secedes, they tell you why. it is slavery. the civil war is about slavery. and anybody who argues different
way from that is a full. ool. ok. when i was in the army, are there any questions? that meant, do not ask any questions! [laughter] have i said anything you would to comment on? yes, david? hold on, david. pig, it is guinea going to happen 100 times. david: i want to go back to revolutionary founding. you got me thinking about what terms we are going to use. last night, i came up with a thought -- joseph: my goal is to set off explosions in your consciousness. no nuclear weapons. david: just grenades right now. the founding was the war.
the actual war. they got us away from great britain, the revolution occurred when those four guys came up with the idea to create a constitution. and then got ratified, it changed the entire thinking of the spirit of 76. joseph: adams is not in us. david: i know. there is a book about this. it is that new book. [laughter] book,t want to promo the but that is interesting. it is possible, counterintuitive , to what i would think. but that makes it probably a good idea. huh, the would say, founding is the rescue of the american revolution. joseph: by establishing a nationstate.
that is the founding. you are right, too. that is the more revolutionary act. i think that you are raising the question of terminology that has larger intellectual significance that is worth talking about. to deal know, you have -- you serve on any committees, is interesting. put this on the ap exam. because there is no right answer to that. but anybody that can talk intelligently about that, they know a lot about american history. david: i'm more comfortable looking at changes of thought being revolutionary, as opposed to wars. from theike this guy new york times, he wants me to write a piece on the eu and the united states. know, the greek crisis is really the eu crisis.
it has not been exposed, there really is no such thing as the eu. but i think that what americans do in the constitutional convention, even more the 1790's, is create a national union. the framework for it, even before there is any nationals. some people now say there is no such thing as a european union, there is no such thing as europe. the american experience is irrelevant. it is relevant because there is no such thing as the american people in 1787. even though historians have said, we the people. the first lines of the constitution, we are going into stuff i have not talked about. marsh is someone worthy of writing about. he is a peg leg guy. the is the same size as washington. he is six foot three inches.
was measured in a casket. when they get ahead of jefferson for statue, the came over to mount vernon and did all the studies. to parishe went back and did not have the torso. morris was in paris. he was the american minister to paris. the torso to jefferson's statue in front of the richmond state morris' governor body. without the peg leg. he is a real ladies' man. even though we had a peg leg. you figure that out. there is this episode where he leaps out of a window of this
married woman to escape the arriving husband. and he breaks a limb. he says we all wish it was a certain limb he had broken. that is not when he gets the leg, that is when he was a kid. 1787,, in the august of they send the draft of the constitution to the committee on style. if you can ever get on that committee, get on that one. that is the one you want on. madison and hamilton are on it, the assign the whole thing to this guy. is a good writer, he tells good jokes. the draft he begins with says, of this, we the people
maine, new hampshire, connecticut, rhode island, down the coast. we the people of each of the states. he changes it. how does he do it? he just does it. on ine whole thing going the constitutional convention, it is what is federal and what is state. where the line is drawn? single-handedly give the constitution a national scene by beginning "we the people." saidrginia, patrick henry if they only said we the people of the state, i would not object. but that is not what they said. they said we the people of the united states. and there is no such thing. ok?
they are virginians, new englanders. tangent.hat we call a [laughter] or a sidebar. let me ask -- we have to move on to the theme for today. ask, this is a way to get into this i hope, how many of you actually write letters anymore? ok, me, too. is this experience familiar to you? do you agree or disagree? when i get a letter in the mail and it is hand written, and even better if it's written with a fountain pen, i am really thrilled. i say, great! somebody has sat there and done
this. that person's thought process was deliberate product at the time to do this. most of the people that i know that are younger than me, including all my kids, they are insulted if they get such a letter. why insulted? i do not know. it is like this is anachronistic. it is like we do not do that. we do not write cursive. >> you cannot read it. joseph: right. teachers, ofou, as the students you teach, how many write letters? a lot? or few? letter writing is no longer an art am in the way that it was
back in their day. ok, alright. what is the difference between a letter and a tweet? or an e-mail? >> 140 characters. joseph: in terms of what it tells us about the writer and what it conveys as a document in its meaning to the reader? what are you looking for in a letter versus an e-mail? chris? hold on, chris. you go. delete, you can look at it and say i want to change that. joseph: you can cross things out. the deliver see the original draft of the declaration?
chris: i guess with a letter, it is more deliberate. and an e-mail, when i write an e-mail, i'm try to respond quickly. i have like five e-mails. i expect there will be a back-and-forth, not like this is over the next five days. this will suffice. joseph: so the thought process of doing an e-mail matches with the thought process of the person receiving it. this is a -- you do not expect a long attention span. you want to convey information quickly. chris: if i do right along e-mail, you bold their name. make sure they read it. joseph: you're not as raising your hand? who is that?
kelly, chicago. talk.ave to let you kelly: when you are talking e-mails, i feel like they are instantaneous and kind of knee-jerk -- not really thoughtful. in some senses, people can really hide behind them. as teachers, professionals who get e-mails, maybe they would not say that to your face. but with a letter, you really have to be conscious of what you are saying and you have to really want to say it. and generally, you are sending it to one person. joseph: you are opening up a pandora's box. you know, you're talking to the most technologically incompetent person in the world. we are not humble about that. do you think, and maybe matthew this is what you were going to
ask him a that we are going through a cognitive revolution? based on the means of duplication that most people now psychologically and cognitively, in makes us much quick, but our attention span is much shorter? kelly: yeah. ask what youannot would 100 years ago. even if it was good for them. kelly: i feel that people are very sort of hidden behind technology with their writing and thoughts. they do not have a lot of accountability for what they say in something that is so quick. joseph: they do not expected to read it carefully. kelly: nor do a lot of people.
is a good or bad thing as far as a revolutionary written word? i feel at the letters come are people going to keep tweets? no, they just toss them out. what is would be left of our record? who will read what we wrote 200 years from now? joseph: my agenda is just not speculative. it has grounding and what we will talk about today, you have been reading their letters. the letters of their correspondents, when they first meet each other and the correspondentce starts, my thesis argument with you is for you to consider -- we are talking about people from another place and another time. and if you want to understand understand howto
they think about time and use it, and how distance makes a difference. not just time, but distance. know, like, they are going to write a letter. when you write a tweet it is immediate. boom. you presume that. when they are apart in paris, he london, it is six months. and so the way you write a letter and the way you read a letter is different. it holds a different mentality. i like it, part of me still lives in that anachronistic world. but i think as teachers talking about students who are adolescents, you are introducing them to a different universe. like going to a foreign country. is that ok back there?
you have a sour look on your face. [laughter] maybe this means serious. how about a smile from west virginia? microphone. for the says theyen someone take time to write a letter, you are extreme the careful about what you are saying. you want to say that the person on the other end will receive your words in the way you intended. you have to really watch you put things down, pay attention to all of the thoughts and feelings that you want to make sure get through to the other person. it doesn't happen with the technology aspects of writing these days. joseph: is it fair to say something has been lost? there's a trade-off. you don't want to make it all good and evil, but --
mackey: when you want a response, you are hoping that when you write it, you want your to impact it party in such a way that their response is something that is going to be -- joseph: equivalently delivered to. if you get the three-line response, that is not what you are looking for. mackey: writing has become more superficial. getting them to dig deeper and letter writing, slowing down and really thinking about what they need to put on paper, to be able to not only share their thoughts and feelings but gained a response that they are looking for, it is a challenge. joseph: where do you teach? albuquerque? the land with no vistas. i drove from outer turkey to santa fe, -- i drove from outer
albuquerque to santa fe. five-page essay. discuss the letters from john to abigail on the following question, was abigail adams a feminist? good question, right? they write this five-page thing. it is filled with sentences that are simple and not complex. and you make comments on the draft, like it should be taken seriously as an as a. which is what you have assigned. honest response is, why are you doing this? the comments you are making
operate on the assumption that this is a deliberate essay of a thoughtful person communicating in words and language. she or he does not ever do that. ok? like they literally do not think that is what language in the written form is about. you are behaving badly with them. not only do you give them a bad grade, but if you change their syntax or you question it, i have little things that have worked out. or jerky. rewrite, we all work it out. but as a teacher, it is the most labor-intensive thing you can do. it takes a hell of a lot of time. we are responding to the work of our students, we need to have a conversation with them. because we are really imposing a
set of rules that are part of letter writing -- alright. what did you think of the courtship? other andeach he ishe-- father not impressed. by the way, she is only 15 at this time. hindsight is a real disadvantage. we know what is going to happen. it will turn into a 59 59-year-old marriage. it is the first time we hear their voices. by the way, in the original edition of the corresp that e correspondence that was
compiled either grandson in the 1950's, lots of these letters are censored. because their honesty about physical attraction is considered excessive. ok? it is interesting, most of the letters are censored. it is like, we are more puritanical than the puritans. [laughter] they talked about things we !ind, ew ok? are they in love? how did they -- i'm trying to ask questions that do not include the answer in them, you if you can guess what i am thinking. the worst possible kind. here is a cluster of things i
want to get at. when does it become possible to marry for love? love.e they married for and i think that in europe at that time, that is still unusual. it is not unusual in massachusetts and new england by the middle of the 18th century, but they just assumed, right? and we know that her family is not quite so sure about john. he is not quite of the social standing that abigail smith is. her father went to harvard. john's father is a shoemaker and farmer. abigail went to harvard. it did mean as much then as it did now. he was ranked 23rd out of 45, i think. and the ranking is not an academic measure.
it becomes that after the revolution. it is a social measure. he was ranked socially in massachusetts as sort of middle of the pack. among people to go to harvard, anyway. and academically, he is like number one or two. but socially -- she is from the quincy's. they named the whole town after them. and her grandmother thinks that john is not quite good enough for her. right? ays, this ise s the guy i want. shut up, i will get him. and she does. they assumendence, certain pseudonyms or persona. why do they do that?
it seems weird to me. what is this? diana? lysander? is point, what do we make of that here? in some ways it is showing off, like i'm literate. i have read shakespeare, the classic breed on the other hand, you can say things in those characters that you cannot say straightaway and get away with it. ok? of john's about how he was to be with her physically, you can get away with doing that. we will see the same thing later today, when she is pregnant. and she is having contractions, she is writing him in between contractions.
hbo, it is which is one of the great documentaries. it is handled in passing, but i would've make a great thing about that. anyway, the kid is going to be stillborn. a tragedy kind of thing. etiquette of that time precludes any discussion of childbirth or of the physicality of sex, anything like that. you cannot do that. it is -- you just can't do it. they have to find ways to talk about it that are elliptical. i think it is interesting, the new englanders have trouble with sex. we southerners have trouble with slavery. ways andboth have
thinking to avoid it. alright, who is the better writer? abigail?who says you are smart suckers. that is what i think. [laughter] but i am hardly alone. most of the people to read all the letters, including the editors of the paper, one of whom is going to be here tomorrow, they think that, too. she tends to write longer letters, more literary letters. meaning there is references in there. usually, it is often not revealed -- like there is a letter she writes at the end to jefferson, a real killer letter. nobody tells jefferson off like she does. ok? nobody! but the line i always thought -- what a great line, it is
original. faithful are the wounds of a friend. wow, i have to use that. you know? it is from proverbs. i did not know that. she doesn't tell you. [laughter] when i teach -- anybody ever read the adams-jefferson correspondents later in their lives? 1812-1826? whenever you teach that, you can teach at the high school students. they can read it. everybody assumes that jefferson is going to be the more impressive writer. and almost everybody comes up and says, well, i am not so sure about that now. franklin,along with the premier stylists of the late
18th century in america. , shead this one student put it this way. she said this is jefferson. adams. jefferson is serenity, he floats. his whole mind floats. his ideas float. s tenacious, aggressive. what is the word? he will be a string of verbs -- nouns, like seven or eight of them. they are like air bursts. and you can see them sitting there, grrr! he is writing these things. and letter writing in the late 18th century is an art.
most of the founders practice it diligently. washington is not great. i had to read all of his correspondence. adamsonce in a while, but and jefferson are the best. hamilton is good, too. but he treats it like a memo. and abigail is right in their. inly.tai what is her education? did you go to radcliffe? it did not exist then. by her homeschooled father, and by her grandmother who give her a lot of books and stuff. she was not -- she did not have latin and greek. which is the gateway to
learning in the late 18th century. one of the things that makes women and new england both even before the revolution but most especially after the revolution, women who are presumed to be literate and must become educated at least up to a certain level of literacy, it is assumed that they have the response ability for educating the kids. think about this. society, who cares if they can read? they don't have to vote. but in a society that is representative, republican, they have to be educated. thatgives a role to women
traditionally they had not had. they have to be educated up to a certain level. i'm going off on a tangent here. alright, nobody -- ok? tom, wait for the guy. yes to ge where you from? tom: the great state of connecticut. wasn't the urge for literacy for women dancer predated the republic. it was more a puritan thing. they had to be a to read the bible. joseph: you're absolutely right. it was a new england puritans angry at the literacy rates in new england are 90-95% in the first half of the 18th century. women's literacy rate were about 70%, men close to 100%. in the south, is not measured as
carefully. they do not have the evidence to measure. but the women's literacy rate is less than 50% . new england is distinctive, exceptional. we are in new england. and the way in which jefferson educates his daughters is not the way abigail will educate her daughters. whose the letters to jefferson, they learn how to play cards. practice the harpsichord. embroider.w, , that is what john quincy is reading, pacifists. ok, in this initial glance of them as they come onto the weeen for us, i think that
see two people who fall in love. and express their love and waves that are gushy, like hurley love early love is. it is raw, naive. i liked it when they're getting d, andto get marrie and they are moving stuff up to quincy -- you will see the house. it is small. she says i want you to take my baggage, and then, sir, you may take me. i like the line which he says i things i to use some could not speak. this underlines the point. letters are deliberative and
for expressing thoughts and feelings which, in conversation, you would not. it is deeper than that. of our world,ite in many respects. ok, moving right along. we are going to do this more quickly. a.a. from 1765. whenever you're asked a question about the causes of the revolution, the war, the depression, some major event, it is often wise to break it into long-range and short range causes and triggers. especially wars, good on triggers. what we're talking about here is the short range causes of the american revolution. the coming of the american revolution.
the long range causes are the demographic buildup of a population of about 2.5 million, if you include african-americans by 1776. i did not miss in this last time, but benjamin franklin -- one of the first things he publishes, well, that is not true. he publishes it and 7051. ervationst called "obs on the increase of mankind." it is not the study of promiscuity. [laughter] it is a study of demography. is one of the first. and he says that the population of north america, the black population, it is growing at a rate at which it is doubling every 20-25 years. besaid in 1700, there will -- there were 12 in lisbon for every american. 75, there will be three
englishman for every american. push this forward into the next century, is he tongue and cheek when he says this? are his eyes twinkling? we can expect the capital of the british empire to be somewhere in western pennsylvania. [laughter] maybe in the vicinity of pittsburgh, which does not exist yet. the thing that is amazing about his numbers, he is absolutely on target. he gets it right without any of -- the things we are used to. broodinga sense that about the american colonies, they had become a critical mass of population. and as bishop berkeley writes,
"westward the course of the empire takes its sway." jefferson reads this. this is where it is going to happen. economically, the american 1700-1760 are really becoming more important to the british empire economically -- in terms of imports and export. you can do statistical analysis, but we are growing. the colonies are growing. here,and there's a lesson the brits win big in 1763. try not to win big. if you win big, you get problems. the problem they have got is they have inherited the french empire in north america.
it?do we govern this is also interesting from an american point. the british empire the sides, oh my god, we have to be an empire. this is what happens after world war ii. what are we supposed to do? well, first of all, we will draw a line/ . nobody can go across this line. nobody can go across the alleghenies. this is really a great law. can avoid being detected. and they are streaming across the alleghenies already because there is free land out there. they got this, how do we govern it? who is going to pay for the war? we have a debt of 150 million pounds, he fought this war for
you guys over there, so you should pay at least a portion of that money. right? makes perfect sense from a brits' point of view. that is what causes george iii and his ministry under lord sugarlle to begin the act. but the biggie is the stamp act. we pay too much for stamps now. what is the big deal? stamped, had to be like mortgages, legal contracts, newspapers. you want to alienate the most powerful in the colonies -- lawyers and newspaper guys. and it is a tax which is unprecedented. that is to say that parliament has never before directly taxed
the american colonies. presumption up until then has been that that right of taxation belonged to the colonial assemblies or legislatures. and that that was british tradition. you cannot be taxed without representation. is, excuse me, it is all had familiar.d this is when john adams enters the stage and becomes one of the people to articulate the colonial position. it is no incident that he is just married. if he did not have abigail, the raging bulls that he talks about would make him a less coherent and less disciplined revolutionary prescence.
she is a stabilizing influence on his life. he has been auditioning for this. he has been waiting for this. he is like waiting for a cause greater than himself to latch his career to. just making money is not good enough. i need something big. he stand before the mirror in his room and pretends to be cicero. these are the faces you make when you give a speech -- the hand gestures. he sees himself as the american cicero. how can you be that if you do not have a cause? there is no plato, no decline of the roman empire. he is waiting for it. and he takes a prominent role. he writes a series of pam was, the first of which is the decision on the feudal law. which is written before the stamp act arrives, but it talks
about major contributions in a variety of publications. some of which i would not recommend you try to read, especially this long attempt -- is overly learned. conspicuously -- too conspicuously and attempt at a school kid try to show how smart he is. he carves out the following position, namely, the british have no right to tax us. and by implication, after a while, they have no right to legislate for us in terms of our domestic policy whatsoever. arrive violating the british constitution. rights, ascate our jefferson will in natural law, i located in terms of british law.
. you, goif i then say to and show me the british constitution. go find it. where is it? they keep it in westminster? we have the american constitution and the national archives. i want to look it up, the british constitution. where is it? it is in england. ok. that is true. play over there, far away in england. but how long is it? how many pages? >> 84. joseph: it is not written down. there is no british constitution -- a document. it is the inherited buildup of presidents, legal prece
dent. adams can point to preced cause.or his wit, the thing to do is simply not obey it. if you are living in a place where that is a minority position, you are going to be in trouble. ok? suppose you are living in massachusetts, and you simply , i'm going to send out my newspaper without stamps. or i'm going to, you know, do this mortgage -- whatever it is. who is going to stop you? well, suppose someone does try to stop you? suppose there is a british agent who is a stamp collector in boston.
he says you cannot do that. guess what? someone appears in his house and talks to him. you like your house? you might find another job. if you don't find another job we will take your house down. position from 65-75 is one that is constitutionally clear and supported by the political forces in play in and new england. the thing that is most amazing about the stamp act is the uniformity of response to it throughout the colonies. read all the newspapers, they all say the brits are wrong. they can't do this and we are not going to obey it. loyalists say we don't want to
do this because we will get into trouble, who is going to want that? on this principle they agree, there is a unanimous position. articulatees the bostonian who represents the. -- going to go until 1020 10:20 and then we will take a break. i need to raise a question for us to start. be summarized can , stamp act response, letter to the bridge or people -- bridgeport people, all the names of the pamphlets he writes. abigail's? what is abigail's life?
first 20 years of her marriage. this is the question i leave you with. is what i just said the most sexist thing you ever heard? because it relegates women to a wall in the historic -- biological role in the historical process. or is it inaccurate description of what women are entering and experiencing as mothers and wives? abigail is also reading newspapers, john is helping to take care of the kids. there is an androgynous at work in their marriage. especially abigail. i want to talk about how we assess her as a political figure
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