Mr. Adamss Last Crusade: The Extraordinary Post-presidential Life of John Quincy Adams

Mr. Adamss Last Crusade: The Extraordinary Post-presidential Life of John Quincy Adams

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Genres: History, Biography, Politics, Presidents

Language: English

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Mr. Adamss Last Crusade: The Extraordinary Post-presidential Life of John Quincy Adams
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Following his single term as President of the United States (1825–1829), John Quincy Adams, embittered by his loss to Andrew Jackson, boycotted his successors inauguration, just as his father John Adams had done (the only two presidents ever to do so). Rather than retire, the sixty-two-year-old former president, U.S. senator, secretary of state, and Harvard professor was elected by his Massachusetts friends and neighbors to the House of Representatives to throw off the incubus of Jacksonianism. It was the opening chapter in what was arguably the most remarkable post-presidency in American history. In this engaging biography, historian Joseph Wheelan describes Adamss battles against the House Gag Rule that banished abolition petitions; the removal of Eastern Indian tribes; and the annexation of slave-holding Texas, while recounting his efforts to establish the Smithsonian Institution. As a man of the whole country, Adams was not bound by political party, yet was reelected to the House eight times before collapsing at his post of duty on February 21, 1848, and then dying in the House Speakers office. His funeral evoked the greatest public outpouring since Benjamin Franklins death.

Mr. Adamss Last Crusade will enlighten and delight anyone interested in American history.

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  •    Mezitilar Holban
    2020
    I had been told long ago in a college history class John Quincy Adams was a rarity because after being a president he went on to serve as a representative for the state of Massachusetts. What became clear from reading this book was J.Q. Adams worked off of his principled beliefs instead of pandering to political interests. He did more to fight slavery than many who seem to be held higher. He even defended women's efforts to participate in the political process. What is great about the book is it focused primarily on his 17 year career as a representative and didn't focus on his presidency.(although it did cover it) This book confirmed my history professor's statement that we need more men like John Quincy Adams fighting for principle on our behalf today. It left me with a lot to think about and a desire to reexamine whether I am basing my own actions on principle. I highly recommend this book.
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  •    Gozshura Greining
    2020
    John Quincy Adams is what of my favorite people to read about in history. While he might not have had the most successful presidency, his personal honor and adherence to his principles makes him a person to admire and respect. This book looks mainly at his post presidency and work fighting slavery as a member of the House of Representatives. I really enjoyed the read and while I would have liked a bit more on his family experiences during this time period, I learned a lot.
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