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John Quincy Adams: A Spirit Unconquerable!

Image of John Quincy AdamsRalph Waldo Emerson once said that John Quincy Adams “took his tea with sulfuric acid.” Perhaps he did, but he also wrote poetry, loved theater, opera, and good wine and company; he held informed views on a myriad of subjects.

Actor Jim Cooke portrays him in the last decade of a remarkable life as he sits for his final portrait. Learn of his part in the creation of the Smithsonian Institute, his defense of the Amistad Africans before the Supreme Court, his dedication of America’s first astronomical observatory, and his long fight against the slave-master’s Gag Rule in Congress.

Additional Costs: $100-250.

Available in correctional facilities.

About the presenter

Image of Jim Cooke Jim Cooke - Jim is an actor and historian whose performances have been featured at the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, on television, and at numerous presidential libraries. See full biography.

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