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John Adams and the Reformation of Male Manners

John Adams and the Reformation of Male Manners

Chapter:
(p.240) Chapter 9 John Adams and the Reformation of Male Manners
Source:
Abigail and John Adams
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0010

This chapter examines John Adams' thoughts about the reformation of male manners. It discusses Adams' selection of the “Choice of Hercules” as the basis of the disciplinary program he applied to himself and attempted to apply to the popular male culture focused on the tavern. The chapter also considers how Harvard reinforced John's self-improvement in the direction of showing greater sensibility and how he was able to incorporate an agreeable public/private variety into his Herculean ambition.

Keywords:   John Adams, male manners, Choice of Hercules, disciplinary program, popular male culture, self-improvement, sensibility

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