John Quincy Adams Bibliography

A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America 1787
A three-volume work written in London while Adams was serving as diplomatic envoy to Great Britain, a position he held from 1785 to 1788. It served as a refutation of a French critic of American politics and reinterated Adams’s belief that only formal restraints on the exercise of power and on the needs of the people could check human evil.

“The arts and sciences, in general, during the three or four last centuries, have had a regular course of progressive improvement. The inventions in mechanic arts, the discoveries in natural philosophy, navigations, and commerce, and the advancement of civilization and humanity, have occasioned changes in the condition of the world and the human character which would have astonished the most refined nations of antiquity. A continuation of similar exertions is every day rendering Europe more and more like one community, or single family.”