David Library Spring 2018 Lecture Series

    Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 PM – Jett B. Conner: “Thomas Paine and John Adams: Rediscovering the Political Thought of Revolutionary America.”  Can the American people, acting in their sovereign capacity, be trusted to produce good government and guard against the abuses of power?  Thomas Paine thought so, and promoted government by the people in his famous pamphlet “Common Sense.” John Adams, in his pamphlet, “Thoughts on Governments,” made a case for strong internal governmental controls such as the separation of powers, internal checks and balances and an independent judiciary.  Are such controls indispensable for protecting citizens against overbearing majorities in its democracy? This lecture by the author of John Adams vs Thomas Paine: Rival Plans for the Early Republic will examine these fundamental questions of political thought, and the arguments put forward by Adams and Paine in their respective pamphlets.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
David Library of the American Revolution
1201 River Road
Washingtons Crossing, PA 18977
John Adams Vs Thomas Paine: Rival Plans for the Early Republic (Journal of the American Revolution Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594162923
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Published: Westholme Publishing - November 20th, 2017



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