developed for Inquiring Mind, a program of Humanities Washington,
this presentation is now offered to the general public.
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After four years of performances, I have discontinued this program.
John Quincy Adams
"A citizen of the United States"
July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848
this 50 minute
program, Mr. Salicco,
former US President, but now Congressman
Adams in 1842 as
he reminisces on a life of public
service. A privileged witness to the birth of our nation,
from the Atlantic to the Pacific, John
influence has shaped America's destiny. John Quincy was a lifelong
vocal adversary of slavery. He believed in voting according to his
conscience rather than following party lines. From the annexation of
Florida to the
Convention of 1818 allowing for joint
occupation and settlement of the Oregon Country, (the present day States of
Washington and Oregon) John Quincy Adams in 50 years of public service,
remains one of America’s greatest unsung heroes.
This is a
presentation portraying a life of public service filled with privilege, fame and
enormous successes, but also a story of depression, pain and defeat. He had to
contend with family alcoholism, suicide, and scandal. Adams seemed to long for
a contemplative scholarly life filled with art and literature, yet he pursued a
career in the law, diplomacy and politics. The life of John Quincy Adams is a
story of wisdom and folly, nobility and pettiness, courage and cunning, quarrel
and consensus. The turmoil that surrounded so much of his life chronicles the
heart of the American democracy.
is suitable for elementary through adult audiences.
The real John Q Adams
J Salicco as John Q Adams