The Life and Times of Congressman John Quincy Adams

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byLeonard L. Richards

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Richards' study presents not only a vivid portrait of John Quincy Adams but also provides an insightful exploration of American politics in the 1830s and 40s. Examining one of the few presidents who sustained a political career after his term in the White House, Richards depicts how two yearsafter losing the presidential election to Andrew Jackson, Adams ran for the House of Representatives and served there until his death seventeen years later. During his outstanding congressional career, Adams became a folk hero in much of the North--hailed by some as "Old Man Eloquent" and "the conscience of New England" by others--while much of the South feared him, regarding him as a traitor and the "archest enemy of slavery that ever existed."Richards explores in detail Adams' battles with such prominent figures as Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster on the issues of slavery, the Indians and their land, the annexation of Texas, and the potential war against Mexico. Highlighting his importance in the anti-slaverymovement, Richards reassesses Adams' role as a political analyst and as a vital force in the turbulent politics of the day.

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Richards' study presents not only a vivid portrait of John Quincy Adams but also provides an insightful exploration of American politics in the 1830s and 40s. Examining one of the few presidents who sustained a political career after his term in the White House, Richards depicts how two yearsafter losing the presidential election to A...

About the Author: Leonard L. Richards is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of several books, including Gentlemen of Property and Standing.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195054279

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"In this gracefully written volume Richards...burns through the romantic fog that has enshrouded Adams' later years."--Ohio History