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American Heroes: Heroes of the American Founding

The Founders pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor in support of American self-government. They believed that ordinary people really can govern themselves and are even capable of extraordinary deeds. Every American hero demonstrates what James Madison called “the capacity of mankind for self-government.”

To kick off our American Heroes webinar series, we began with two of our earliest heroes to pledge themselves to the American experiment in self-government. John Adams was instrumental in the passage of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife Abigail Adams was no less instrumental to him. Abigail was John’s closest advisor and also a strong advocate for human equality and freedom. Prior to the Second Continental Congress she urged John to “remember the ladies” in the event they declared independence.

In this webinar, Executive Director Jeff Sikkenga discussed John and Abigail Adams with Dr. Natalie Taylor, chair of the Department of Political Science at Skidmore College and a member of Ashbrook’s national faculty. Dr. Taylor is an engaging teacher and a great scholar of political thought and the American Founding.

Jeff and Dr. Taylor explored the following primary documents from American history:

A recording of the webinar is available below.