John Adams

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John Adams (October 19, 1735 – July 4, 1826) was the second president of the United States (1797–1801), having earlier served as the first vice president of the United States. An American Founding Father, Adams was a statesman, diplomat, and a leading advocate of American independence from Great Britain. Well educated, he was an Enlightenment political theorist who promoted republicanism, as well as a strong central government, and wrote prolifically about his often seminal ideas, both in published works and in letters to his wife and key adviser Abigail Adams, as well as to other Founding Fathers.

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  • ''Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination—everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell.''
    John Adams (1735-1826), U.S. statesman, president. letter, Oct. 9, 1774, to his wife, Abigail Adams.
  • I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavis...
    John Adams (1735-1826), U.S. statesman, president. Notes for A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law (1765).
  • ''A government of laws, and not of men.''
    John Adams (1735-1826), U.S. statesman, president. The Works of John Adams, vol. 4, ed. Charles Francis Adams (1851). Novanglus Papers, Boston Gazette...
  • ''You and I ought not to die before we have explained ourselves to each other.''
    John Adams (1735-1826), U.S. statesman, president. Letter, July 15, 1813, to Thomas Jefferson. The Adams-Jefferson Letters, vol. 2, ed. L.J. Cappon (1...
  • ''I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.''
    John Adams (1735-1826), U.S. statesman, president. Letter, May 1780, to his wife Abigail Adams. The Adams Family Correspondence, vol. 3, ed. L.H. Butt...
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Grand Canyon Lands

I'm in a wild neglected niche,
Mojave joins the sublime ditch.
Out from Lake Meade where deserts burn
As heat surrounds a cooking urn.

These fiery winds may take their toll
Infernos' depths; devil's punch bowl.
Bright ochre sands like burnished chrome
Reflects the sun, earth's nascent home.

Grand Canyon's wild. So am I.
Wild donkeys thrive with coyotes nigh.
Cactus water, at least, is clean
When hunger gnaws, there's mesquite beans.

Let coyotes howl. Old owls can hoot
Snakes can't pierce my heavy boots.
I had to come. There...

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