, Salem, MA


November 27, 2012

Column: Adams' personality leaps from the page


“As you get older — and I’ve done history for over 50 years — you realize: We don’t know what’s happening to us. We’re living in a fog. It’s only later generations and historians who can sort it out,” Wood said.

Many of the Founders, for example, died thinking that their country was headed down the road to ruin.

“If they could come back, I think they’d be impressed by what’s happened,” Wood said.

Maybe that offers all of us hope today.


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