Bonus: Behind the Scenes of the Adams-Jefferson Letters


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In 1959, the Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press published Lester J. Cappon’s The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and John and Abigail Adams. It was the first time that all 380 letters between Jefferson and the Adamses appeared in a single volume.

Why did Lester Cappon and the Omohundro Institute undertake this great project? And how did they put together this important documentary edition?

Karin Wulf, Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, takes us behind-the-scenes of The Adams-Jefferson Letters and its publication.


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