John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

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February 21, 1848, the House of Representatives, Washington D.C.: Congressman John Quincy Adams, rising to speak, suddenly collapses at his desk; two days later, he dies in the Speaker’s chamber. The public mourning that followed, writes Paul C. Nagel, “exceeded anything previously seen in America. Forgotten was his failed presidency and his often cold demeanor. It was the memory of an extraordinary human being—one who in his last years had fought heroically for the right of petition and against a war to expand slavery—that drew a grateful people to salute his coffin in the Capitol and to stand by the railroad tracks as his bier was transported from Washington to Boston.” Nagel probes deeply into the psyche of this cantankerous, misanthropic, erudite, hardworking son of a former president whose remarkable career spanned many offices: minister to Holland, Russia, and England, U.S. senator, secretary of state, president of the United States (1825-1829), and, finally, U.S. representative (the only ex-president to serve in the House). On the basis of a thorough study of Adams’ seventy-year diary, among a host of other documents, the author gives us a richer account than we have yet had of JQA’s life—his passionate marriage to Louisa Johnson, his personal tragedies (two sons lost to alcoholism), his brilliant diplomacy, his recurring depression, his exasperating behavior—and shows us why, in the end, only Abraham Lincoln’s death evoked a great out-pouring of national sorrow in nineteenth-century America. We come to see how much Adams disliked politics and hoped for more from life than high office; how he sought distinction in literacy and scientific endeavors, and drew his greatest pleasure from being a poet, critic, translator, essayist, botanist, and professor of oratory at Harvard; how tension between the public and private Adams vexed his life; and how his frustration kept his masked and aloof (and unpopular). Nagel’s great achievement, in this first biography of America’s sixth president in a quarter century, is finally to portray Adams in all his talent and complexity.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author by : Paul C. Nagel
Publisher : Knopf
Release : 2012-12-05
File : 432 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780307828194


John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

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"Penetrating, detailed, and very readable. . . . A splendid biography." --Wall Street Journal Few figures in American history have held as many roles in public life as John Quincy Adams. The son of John Adams, he was a brilliant ambassador and secretary of state, a frustrated president, and a dedicated congressman who staunchly opposed slavery. In John Quincy Adams, scholar and journalist James Traub draws on Adams's diaries, letters, and writings to evoke his numerous achievements-and failures-in office. A man of unwavering moral convictions, Adams is the father of foreign policy "realism" and one of the first proponents of the "activist government." But John Quincy Adams is first and foremost the story of a brilliant, flinty, and unyielding man whose life exemplified admirable political courage.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author by : James Traub
Publisher : Basic Books
Release : 2016-03-22
File : 640 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780465098798


John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

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“There is much to praise in this extensively researched book, which is certainly one of the finest biographies of a sadly underrated man. . . . [Kaplan is] a master historian and biographer. . . . If he could read this biography, Adams would be satisfied that he had been fairly dealt with at last.” —Carol Berkin, Washington Post In this fresh and illuminating biography, Fred Kaplan, the acclaimed author of Lincoln, brings into focus the dramatic life of John Quincy Adams—the little-known and much-misunderstood sixth president of the United States and the first son of John and Abigail Adams—and reveals how Adams' inspiring, progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America. Kaplan draws on a trove of unpublished archival material to trace Adams' evolution from his childhood during the Revolutionary War to his brilliant years as Secretary of State to his time in the White House and beyond. He examines Adams' myriad sides: the public and private man, the statesman and writer, the wise thinker and passionate advocate, the leading abolitionist and fervent federalist. In these ways, Adams was a predecessor of Lincoln and, later, FDR and Obama. This sweeping biography makes clear how Adams' forward-thinking values, his definition of leadership, and his vision for the nation's future is as much about twenty-first-century America as it is about Adams' own time. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, John Quincy Adams paints a rich portrait of this brilliant leader and his vision for a young nation.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author by : Fred Kaplan
Publisher : Harper Collins
Release : 2014-05-06
File : 672 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780062199324


John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

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He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of The Amistad. He served his nation as minister to six countries, secretary of state, senator, congressman, and president. John Quincy Adams was all of these things and more. In this masterful biography, award winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals Quincy Adams as a towering figure in the nation's formative years and one of the most courageous figures in American history, which is why he ranked first in John F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize–winning Profiles in Courage. A magisterial biography and a sweeping panorama of American history from the Washington to Lincoln eras, Unger's John Quincy Adams follows one of America's most important yet least-known figures.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author by : Harlow Giles Unger
Publisher : Da Capo Press
Release : 2012-09-04
File : 384 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780306821301


Portraits Of John Quincy Adams And His Wife

Portraits Of John Quincy Adams And His Wife

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This volume affords a visual documentation of the most varied political career in American history and exemplifies the work of the principal American portraitists from the days of Copley and Stuart to the dawn of the Daguerrean era. Included in the 159 illustrations are all the known life portraits, busts, and silhouettes of John Quincy and Louisa Catherine Adams, along with important replicas, copies, engravings, and representative likenesses of their siblings. The book is organized into seven chapters which generally coincide with the major divisions of John Quincy Adams' political career. Within each chapter are discussed the artists, their relationships with the Adams's, and the provenance of each of their works. A chronology of John Quincy Adams' life for each period accompanies the chapter to which it pertains. Information about the size of each likeness, the inscriptions if any, the date executed, and present ownership where known is summarized in the List of Illustrations. The Adams's, as they watched themselves age over the years in the marble, ink, or oil of the artists who portrayed them, recorded much by way of commentary on the artistic talent and process at hand. The author makes use of the diaries and correspondence preserved in the Adams Papers, thus combining a learned appreciation with an intimate glimpse of Adams's as they saw themselves.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author by : Andrew Oliver
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Release : 1970
File : 335 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0674691520


John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

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John Quincy Adams played an extensive role in foreign policy during his years as Secretary of State and as President of the United States. This book analyzes Adams's accomplishments, and failures, during key moments of American history.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author by : James E. Lewis
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Release : 2001
File : 164 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0842026231


John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

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Discover the remarkable life of John Quincy Adams...The son of the second president of the United States, John Quincy Adams was prepped and primed from his youth to be the quintessential statesmen. At just 14 years of age, he was given a diplomatic post in St. Petersburg, Russia. This was the beginning of a political career that would last until his last breath. Adams became a one-term president thanks to the populism of his arch-rival Andrew Jackson, but even after being ousted from the White House, the unsinkable John Quincy Adams came right back to the fore, getting himself elected as a Congressman in the House of Representatives. Here John Quincy Adams would be a force to be reckoned with, entering into endless debates with his colleagues. It was, in fact, in the middle of this congressional wrangling that John Quincy Adams would suffer a stroke and collapse on the House floor. His life was truly one of service, and he had lived it well. In this book, we explore the life of John Quincy Adams in full. Discover a plethora of topics such as A Child of the American Revolution Adams' Mission in Europe and Russia Speaking Out Against Thomas Paine Rise to the Top Adams as President Late Life and Death And much more! So if you want a concise and informative book on John Quincy Adams, simply scroll up and click the "Buy now" button for instant access!

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Author by : Hourly History
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Release : 2020-03-09
File : 46 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9798622931208


Nation Builder

Nation Builder

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America’s rise from revolutionary colonies to a world power is often treated as inevitable. But Charles N. Edel’s provocative biography of John Q. Adams argues that he served as the central architect of a grand strategy whose ideas and policies made him a critical link between the founding generation and the Civil War–era nation of Lincoln.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author by : Charles N. Edel
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Release : 2014-10-06
File : 392 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780674368088


The Remarkable Education Of John Quincy Adams

The Remarkable Education Of John Quincy Adams

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A patriot by birth, John Quincy Adams's destiny was foreordained. He was not only "The Greatest Traveler of His Age," but his country's most gifted linguist and most experienced diplomat. John Quincy's world encompassed the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the early and late Napoleonic Age. As his diplomat father's adolescent clerk and secretary, he met everyone who was anyone in Europe, including America's own luminaries and founding fathers, Franklin and Jefferson. All this made coming back to America a great challenge. But though he was determined to make his own career he was soon embarked, at Washington's appointment, on his phenomenal work abroad, as well as on a deeply troubled though loving and enduring marriage. But through all the emotional turmoil, he dedicated his life to serving his country. At 50, he returned to America to serve as Secretary of State to President Monroe. He was inaugurated President in 1824, after which he served as a stirring defender of the slaves of the Amistad rebellion and as a member of the House of Representatives from 1831 until his death in 1848. In The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams, Phyllis Lee Levin provides the deeply researched and beautifully written definitive biography of one of the most fascinating and towering early Americans.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author by : Phyllis Lee Levin
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Release : 2015-01-06
File : 544 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781137474629


John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

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The United States president preserves, protects, and defends the U.S. Constitution. Each president's term influences events in America and around the world for years to come. This biography introduces young readers to the life of John Quincy Adams, beginning with his childhood in Quincy, Massachusetts. Information about Adams's education at Harvard College and his early career as a lawyer is discussed. In addition, his family and personal life, as well as his retirement years as a congressman is highlighted. Easy-to-read text details Adams's childhood during the American Revolution and his political career as a Massachusetts state senator, secretary of state, and minister to the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia and Great Britain. Finally, students will explore key events from Democratic-Republican president Adams's administration, including extending the Cumberland Road into Ohio. Beautiful graphics showcase the primary source documents and photographs. A timeline, fast facts, and sidebars help put essential information at students' fingertips. In addition, a quick-reference chart provides easy access to facts about every U.S. president. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

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Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
Author by : Heidi M.D. Elston
Publisher : ABDO
Release : 2009-01-01
File : 40 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781616130923