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U.S. History Topics » Government » Presidents

John and Abigail Adams

offers insights into the birth of American democracy, the American Revolution, life in the colonies, the Founding Fathers, the branches of government, lawmaking, and politics. Learn about key people and events: John and Abigail, John Quincy Adams, Benjamin Franklin, King George III, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, the Boston Massacre, the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congresses, the Presidency and Vice Presidency, the Alien and Sedition Acts, and more. (WGBH, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

After the Boston Massacre, the problem of holding a trial -- or, more accurately, securing a defense -- for the British soldiers loomed. After short but careful consideration, John Adams accepted the case on the grounds that in a free country, no man, no matter what his alleged crime, should be denied the right to counsel or a fair trial.
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John Adams, 1766

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