“I hope one day your letters will be all published in volumes…”
The correspondence of Adams and Jefferson spanned almost half a century (inclusive of a ten-year period of silence). Why this silence occurred and then ended is essential to understanding both men.
Agony and Eloquence will take you on a fascinating and insightful tour of their friendship, its disillusion and its renewal.
Agony and Eloquence is built upon a close review and investigation of their correspondence. The study of history is in large part a study of character(s) – Jefferson and Adams reveal themselves to one another in their letters, and thus also to us.
[Section title quote: John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, July 22, 1822]