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  • Typical Adams (Score:2, Interesting)

    John Adams, much to the dismay of his peers (not to mention -10 or so to his karma), volunteered to represent the British soldiers indicted for murder [in connection with the Boston Massacre] simply because he felt they deserved legal representation.

    In truth, Adams was a bit of an enigma. Before the American Revolution, he was a strong critic of the British, even turning down an attorney position within the Court of Admiralty. But post-revolution, he was obsessed with the trappings of British-style rule

    • His peers didn't think that everyone deserved legal representation? :-)

      Great capsule summary of him. Did you study history? Can you recommend a (readable) biography of Adams?

      --Nat

      • Did you study history? Can you recommend a (readable) biography of Adams?

        "Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it in summer school." I'm, at best, a pragmatic student of history, but have seriously considered enrolling in some college history courses in an attempt to learn more of the "how" of historical research. (History classes up through high school are practically useless, and probably do more harm than good.)

        By "pragmatic", I mean that I study history solely in the context of how it affects today, rather than because of any interest in the people or events of the past in an of themselves. (Much like learning assembler is helpful in understanding C, regardless of whether you're ever going to read or write assembler.)

        So I'll defer to ajtaylor on a true biography. Most (if not all) of the information came from Richard Shenkman's [sprynet.com] book Presidential Ambition (0-06-093054-3), which specifically looks at how the American political landscape through the years has affected how presidents can govern.