Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Feb. 16: Henry Brooks Adams, American historian


Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918) American historian and one of the illustrious Adamses of Boston. His father was Charles Francis Adams Sr., a scholar, politician, and diplomat (he was Lincoln's ambassador to the U.K.); his grandfather was the 6th president of the U.S., John Quincy Adams, and his great-grandfather the second, John Adams. He was famous in his lifetime for The History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, a nine-volume work (with a cumbersome title). His pseudo-travel journal Mont Saint-Michel and Chartres is a playful reflection on medieval culture; his posthumously published memoir, The Education of Henry Adams, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1919.


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