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    Long before the American people had ever heard of the Kennedy family or the Bush family, or the Roosevelt family, the Adams family was America's most distinguished political family of the late 18th and 19th centuries. This family would produce two presidents, congressmen, and cabinet members, and noted historians. This family rose from the obscurity of their village, Charlton Mackrell, to worldwide fame.
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    Even though Americans consider themselves to be democratic, we are still intrigued by the idea of a royal family, we are intrigued by the idea of hereditary titles, and we are intrigued by the idea that things like intellect and courage can be passed on through the genes. That is why, throughout history, the American people have often looked to specific families to solve the problems of a complex and obstinate world.
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Plot & Themes

Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Politician story?    -   Politician trying to reform Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Irish


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Africa    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   Boston Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   18th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A few 1-5 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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