Rival Friends: The Adams-Jefferson Correspondence with Cara Rogers | Documents and Debates

In this episode of The American Idea, Jeff is joined once again by Cara Rogers, Professor of History at Ashland University and Co-Director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program, for a conversation on the friendship of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Jeff and Cara explore the development of their friendship during the American Revolution and the Second Continental Congress, the fracturing of the relationship during the Adams Administration and the Election of 1800, and their beautiful reconciliation in the last few years of their lives before their passing on July 4th, 1826 — the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

Host: Jeff Sikkenga

Executive Producer: Greg McBrayer

Producer: Jeremy Gypton, Tyler MacQueen