The World in Time

Gordon S. Wood

Friday, December 08, 2017

Slumbering Fog

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1826. Reportedly Adams’ last words were “Thomas Jefferson survives”—without realizing his former vice president had predeceased him. Despite the fact that the political colleagues faced off in one of the dirtiest presidential campaigns in American history, the pair ended their lives not only at the same time but as friends who had exchanged letters for years. But their previously acrimonious relationship as leading figures of our first political parties, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Gordon S. Wood points out in his new book, had an immense effect on the eventual shape of the United States’ political fault lines and culture.


Lewis H. Lapham talks with Gordon S. Wood, author of Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.


Thanks to our generous donors. Lead support for this podcast has been provided by Elizabeth “Lisette” Prince. Additional support was provided by James J. “Jimmy” Coleman Jr.


Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Google Play, and via RSS.

Discussed in this episode

More Podcasts


May 30, 2013

LQ Podcast:

Animal Minds

Talking parrots, empathetic primates, playing dogs, and dolphins who recognize themselves in the mirror.  More

July 21, 2017

The World in Time:

Michael Kazin

Lewis Lapham talks to Michael Kazin, author of War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918. More

October 13, 2017

The World in Time:

Mark Kurlansky

Lewis H. Lapham talks with Mark Kurlansky, author of Paper: Paging Through History. More

Representation du feu terrible a Nouvelle Yorck, c. 1778, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

January 19, 2018

The World in Time:

Holger Hoock

Lewis H. Lapham talks with Holger Hoock, author of Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth, at a New York Public Library event.  More

June 15, 2011

The World in Time:

To End All Wars

Lewis Lapham talks with author Adam Hochschild about the struggles of the antiwar movement in World War I–era Britain. More