Founding Brothers

by

Joseph J. Ellis

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John Quincy Adams Character Analysis

John Quincy was John Adams and Abigail Adams’ son. His father appointed him as Minister to Prussia during his presidency, despite the fact that John Quincy worried this would look nepotistic. It turned out to be a prudent move, as John could trust his son’s reports from Europe during a particularly tense and climactic period in international relations.
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John Quincy Adams Character Timeline in Founding Brothers

The timeline below shows where the character John Quincy Adams appears in Founding Brothers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5: The Collaborators
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...of the French Revolution, to France for the treaty negotiation. Adams also appointed his son, John Quincy Adams , as American minister to Prussia, despite John Quincy’s own worries that this would look... (full context)
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...goal of leading troops into battle against the French. He had also received information from John Quincy Adams that the French would react well to another delegation. Finally, Adams was also fond of... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Friendship
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John Adams returned home to John Quincy Adams looking forward to a peaceful life. However, it was difficult for him to let go... (full context)
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...thrilled and credited himself for this development. Jefferson sent a long letter in response, enclosing John Quincy Adams ’ Lectures on Rhetoric and Oratory as gift. This began what is now considered the... (full context)