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Unformatted text preview: 2. JQA’s early experience in Revolutionary period 3. wild youth B. Search for stability 1. Adams as family man a. three sons b. Charles Francis Adams 2. Adams as political thinker: internal improvements; measured development; constitutionalism 3. Adams on the past C. Discussion: “An Oration at Plymouth” 1. What does JQA see as the function of commemoration? What does he want people to take away from their Forefathers’ Day celebration? 2. How does he link veneration of forefathers to love of posterity? Why is this link important? 3. What is the place of the nation/nationalism in Adams’s speech? What about the social compact? Is this inherited? Does it need to be reaffirmed/rewritten? 4. What are the problems or anxieties that lie behind his celebration of the Pilgrims? Problem of a common past? Problem of conflict and strife? Problem of origins? 5. How does expansion figure into the question of the past and of origins?...
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This document was uploaded on 11/03/2011 for the course AMERICAN S 101 at Rutgers.
- Fall '11
- Common Sense