Tony Petersen received his M.A. in history from Fresno State, specializing in the the coming of the American Revolution and the relationship between patriots and loyalists. He has written for the online journal The Imaginative Conservative as well as the academic journal The Historian. Currently, he is a pastor and adjunct history professor in Fresno, California.
Adams’ mistake was not, as some would have it, in angrily prosecuting his political enemies; it was, rather, in allowing others within his administration to pursue acts which went against his avowed political principles and instincts.