Public Program, Author Talk Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson registration required 30 October 2017.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. Gordon S. Wood, Brown University $20 registration fee per person. (No Charge for MHS Members or Fellows)

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams could scarcely have come from more different worlds or been more different in temperament. Jefferson, the optimist, was an aristocratic Southern slaveowner, while Adams, the overachiever from New England’s middle classes, was a skeptic. They worked closely in the crucible of revolution, but ultimately, their differences would lead to a crisis, in their friendship and the nation. But late in life these two men were nudged into reconciliation. What started as a trickle of correspondence became a flood, and a friendship was rekindled.