The Adams Family is our longest and arguably our most influential dynasty, exercising powerful influence over American affairs for almost two centuries. Brilliant, learned, and witty, yet often abrasive, arrogant, and
grandiose, the Adams Family never failed to arouse controversy during their long stay on the stage of history. In this course we will trace the tumultuous and controversial careers of this remarkable clan, from John
and Abigail — America’s first ‘power couple,’ — to John Quincy, the child prodigy who followed in his father’s footsteps, to diplomat Charles Francis, and concluding with Henry, the brilliant historian and journalist.
Mick Chantler, MA, concluded his 36 year career in teaching at Sonoma Valley High School and currently teaches courses in the OLLI programs at Dominican University of California, Sonoma State University and UC Berkeley. As a lifelong student of the Civil War era, he is a member of the Lincoln Forum and was pleased to organize the Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration for the City of Sonoma in 2009. In 2010 he coordinated the American History Series at the Sonoma Valley Library. Mick’s other interests include the history of baseball and he is a long-standing member of the Society for American Baseball Research.