John Adams & Thomas Jefferson: Libraries, Leadership, and Legacy Conference. June 21-27, 2009, Boston, Mass, and Charlottesville, Va. This conference will explore the presidents' reading and books as a means of understanding the intellectual roots of the American polity. Presentations will consider how each man developed his library, discuss how reading significantly shaped the political, philosophical, and religious identities and actions of these two Founding Fathers and their contemporaries, and address the enduring legacy of Adams's and Jefferson's intellectual heritage today. The first three days will meet in Boston, and the last three in Charlottesville with a day of travel in between. Also includes tours of Adams's and Jefferson's collections, homes, and other venues of interest. See: www.adamsjefferson.com for more information.
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