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Abigail and John AdamsThe Americanization of Sensibility$
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G. J. Barker-Benfield

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226037431

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.001.0001

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John Adams and the Reformation of Male Manners

John Adams and the Reformation of Male Manners

(p.240) Chapter 9 John Adams and the Reformation of Male Manners
Abigail and John Adams
University of Chicago Press

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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