Chapter 1 Quincy (1838 - 1848) | Chapter 2 Boston (1848-1854)
* Henry Adams explains the things that were most formative in his youth.
* Henry Adams' father founded a political party and was an abolitionist.
* Henry Adams did not enjoy school, and his father was his biggest educational influence.
* Charles Sumner, an outspoken abolitionist, became Henry's hero.
Chapter 3 Washington (1850-1854) | Chapter 4 Harvard (1854-1858)
* Henry Adams visits Washington, DC and sees the South.
* The Free Soil Party starts making deals in order to gain political power.
* Henry Adams attends Harvard, but feels his time there was a waste.
Chapter 5 Berlin (1858-1859) | Chapter 6 Rome (1859-1860)
* Henry Adams travels to London and Germany, he feels both places are behind the times.
* Henry Adams "accidentally" discovers an appreciation for Beethoven. The experience is more important than all of his European education.
* After the war ends, Henry Adams travels to Italy with his sister.
* Henry Adams is impressed with...
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