His paternal grandfather William Newton Adams Sr. He entered investment banking, rising to partner in a New York Stock Exchange member firm. Writer[ edit ] Adams gained national attention with his trilogy on the history of New England —26 , winning the Pulitzer Prize for the first volume. Scholars welcomed his social history of the colonial era, Provincial Society, — He wrote popular books and magazine articles in a steady stream.
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A must read for anyone who wants to understand the reality of America. It was not a fast read for me. It was written, as you see, by James Adams who is one of the descendants of the Adams family such as John Quincy Adams. The reasoning for getting into World war I I put 4 stars on this book because I think it gave me a little different perspective on U.
The reasoning for getting into World war I was interesting, and if I read and understood it correctly, it had more to do with economics than the sinking of the Lusitania. The causes of the Civil War were interesting too. The North did want to end slavery. But they were running large businesses which were treating their laborers just a notch above slaves anyway and totally unwilling to change that yet. Adams tells the tale in a very familiar fashion which is easily understood.
His opinions have a lot of truth in them I think. I was also surprised to read that some of the same things people say today were complaints through a lot of our history. One which strikes a familiar ring is the widening gap between the rich people and the not rich ones.
Cars were starting to become something which lots of people were starting to own. Adams complained of the inevitable littering which would happen as people left their cars on the side of the road when they conked out. If you love history and would like that perspective this may be a good one for you. I liked it better at the beginning when it briefly talked about the years , but after that, I thought it went into too much detail and started becoming boring in some parts.
James Truslow Adams Quotes
James Truslow Adams: Dreaming up the American Dream