Brooks Adams


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(1848–1927), historian, whose works include The Emancipation of Massachusetts (1887), an iconoclastic study of the religious and political bondage of the colonists; Law of Civilization and Decay (1895); and Theory of Social Revolutions (1913). He wrote a lengthy history of the intellectual tradition of his family as a preface to the Letter to American Teachers of History by his brother Henry Adams, and published both under the title The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma (1919). He was a grandson of John Quincy Adams and a son of Charles Francis Adams.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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