Bibliography of John Adams
The following is a list and discussion of important scholarly resources relating to John Adams.
Vice President of the United States
President of the United States
State of the Union Address
Vice Presidential and Presidential elections
- Akers, Charles W. "John Adams" in Henry Graff, ed. (3rd ed. 2002). The Presidents: A Reference History. online
- Chinard, Gilbert (1933). Honest John Adams. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company.
- Diggins, John P. (2003). Schlesinger Jr., Arthur M. (ed.). John Adams. The American Presidents. New York, NY: Time Books. ISBN 0-8050-6937-2.
- Ellis, Joseph J. (1993). Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0393311333.
- Ferling, John E. (1992). John Adams: A Life. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press. ISBN 0870497308.
- Grant, James (2005). John Adams: Party of One. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. ISBN 978-03741-1314-8.
- McCullough, David (2001). John Adams. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. p. 144. ISBN 978-1416575887.
- Morse, John Torrey. John Adams. (1899) old scholarly biography online free
- Ryerson, Richard Alan, ed. (2001). John Adams and the Founding of the Republic
- Ryerson, Richard Alan (2016). John Adams's Republic: The One, the Few, and the Many 555 pp
- Shaw, Peter (1975). The Character of John Adams. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0393008568.
- Smith, Page (1962a). John Adams. Volume I, 1735–1784. New York, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
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- Smith, Page (1962b). John Adams. Volume II, 1784–1826. New York, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
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- Waldstreicher, David, ed. (2013). A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams, ISBN 978-0470655580
Presidency and Federalism
- Brown, Ralph A. (2004). The Presidency of John Adams.
- Elkins, Stanley M.; McKitrick, Eric (1993). The Age of Federalism. Oxford, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195068904.
- Freeman, Joanne B. (2001). Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic.
- Hakim, Joy (2003). The New Nation. Oxford, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN 019515326X. Archived from the original on April 7, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Hoadley, John F. (1986). Origins of American Political Parties: 1789–1803. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0813153209.
- Kurtz, Stephen G. (1957). The Presidency of John Adams: The Collapse of Federalism, 1795–1800. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Miller, John C. (1960). The Federalist Era: 1789–1801. ISBN 978-0061330278.
- White, Leonard Duppe. (1956). The Federalists: A Study in Administrative History, ISBN 978-0313201011
Books on the Founders
- Ellis, Joseph J. (2003). Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. New York, NY: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1400077687.
- Holmes, David L. (2006). The Faiths of the Founding Fathers. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. p. 2. ISBN 978-0195300925.
- Wood, Gordon S. (2006). Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different. London, UK: Penguin Books. p. 54. ISBN 1594200939.
- Haraszti, Zoltan (1952). John Adams and the Prophets of Progress. Incisive analysis of John Adams's political comments on numerous authors through examining his marginalia in his copies of their books.
- Howe, John R. Jr. (1966). The Changing Political Thought of John Adams
- Morse, Anson D. "The Politics of John Adams." American Historical Review 4.2 (1899): 292–312. online free
Other specialized studies
- Boyd, Julian Parks; Gawalt, Gerard W. (1999). The Declaration of Independence: the evolution of the text. Library of Congress in association with the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation. ISBN 978-0844409801.
- Chernow, Ron (2004). "29". Alexander Hamilton. London, UK: Penguin Books. ISBN 978-110120085-8.
- Herring, George C. (2008). From colony to superpower: U.S. foreign relations since 1776. Oxford, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 150. ISBN 0199743770.
- Maier, Pauline (1998). American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence. New York, NY: Vintage Books. ISBN 978-0679779087.
- Moore, George (1866). Notes on the history of slavery in Massachusetts. New York, NY: D. Appleton & Co. p. 201.
- Vinton, John Adams (1858). The Vinton Memorial. S.K. Whipple. p. 298.
- Adams, John; Adams, Charles Francis (1851). The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: Autobiography, continued. Diary. Essays and controversial papers of the Revolution. The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States. 3. Little, Brown.
- Butterfield, L. H. et al., eds., The Adams Papers (1961– ). Multivolume letterpress edition of all letters to and from major members of the Adams family, plus their diaries; still incomplete. "The Adams Family Papers Editorial Project". Masshist.org. Retrieved March 2, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Butterfield, L. H., ed. Adams Family Correspondence. Cambridge: Harvard University Press
- Cappon, Lester J., ed. (1959). The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 0807842303.
- Carey, George W., ed. The Political Writings of John Adams. (2001)
- John A. Schutz and Douglass Adair, eds. Spur of Fame, The Dialogues of John Adams and Benjamin Rush, 1805–1813 (1966) ISBN 978-0865972872
- C. Bradley Thompson, ed. Revolutionary Writings of John Adams, (2001) ISBN 978-0865972858
- Adams, John, (1774) Novanglus; or, A History of the Dispute with America.
- Hogan, Margaret and C. James Taylor, eds. My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007.
- Richardson, James D. ed. A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents (1897), reprints his major messages and reports.
- Taylor, Robert J. et al., eds. Papers of John Adams. Cambridge: Harvard University Press
- Wroth, L. Kinvin and Hiller B. Zobel, eds. The Legal Papers of John Adams. Cambridge: Harvard University Press
Adams' grandson Charles Francis Adams Sr. edited the first two volumes of The Works of John Adams, Esq., Second President of the United States. These were published between 1850 and 1856 by Charles C. Little and James Brown in Boston. The first seven chapters were produced by John Quincy Adams.
The premier modern biography was Honest John Adams, a 1933 biography by the noted French specialist in American history Gilbert Chinard, who came to Adams after writing his acclaimed 1929 biography of Jefferson. For a generation, Chinard's work was regarded as the best life of Adams, and it is still an important text in illustrating the themes of Adams' biographical and historical scholarship. Following the opening of the Adams family papers in the 1950s, Page Smith published the first major biography to use these previously inaccessible primary sources; his biography won a 1962 Bancroft Prize but was criticized for its scanting of Adams' intellectual life and its diffuseness. In 1975, Peter Shaw published The Character of John Adams, a thematic biography noted for its psychological insight into Adams' life. The 1992 character study by Joseph Ellis, Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams, was Ellis's first major publishing success and remains one of the most useful and insightful studies of Adams' personality. In 1992, the Revolutionary War historian and biographer John E. Ferling published his acclaimed John Adams: A Life, also noted for its psychological sensitivity. David McCullough authored the 2001 biography John Adams, which won various awards and was the basis for a 2008 TV miniseries.