I am fascinated by the John Adams and Thomas Jefferson dynamic. The fierce politics that ruptured their friendship and then their tender written correspondence in their later years simply catches my interest every time I revisit the issue. I love the fact, for example, that both men passed away on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after they had together joined in signing the Declaration of Independence. I love the fact that both men were right in their politics — even when both ways of going about running the country were so different.
As I began creating products for my son’s American History year, I really wanted to share that fascinating dynamic with him too. But let me tell you, there are no books out there that bring early American politics down to an early elementary level! If I missed it and there is, please let me know!
I created Adams versus Jefferson as an early reader book for my son. I believe it shows how, despite political rivalry and so forth, friendship and common ground ultimately do triumph in the end. The story of Jefferson and Adams is a good example of how politics should be.
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I hope you too will enjoy it. Please let me know what you think of it!
See more ideas for learning about the early presidents in American history on this blog as well!