Public Program, Author Talk John Adams's Republic: The One, the Few, and the Many 16 November 2016.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Richard Alan Ryerson

 

Of all the founding fathers, Ryerson argues, John Adams may have worried the most about the problem of social jealousy and political conflict in the new republic. Ryerson explains how these concerns, coupled with Adams’s concept of executive authority and his fear of aristocracy, deeply influenced his political mindset. How, Adams asked, could a self-governing country counter the natural power and influence of wealthy elites and their friends in government? Ryerson argues that he came to believe a strong executive could hold at bay the aristocratic forces that posed the most serious dangers to a republican society.

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