James Monroe: Ensuring National Security with an Instinct for Command

Barbara Bennett Peterson, PhD
University of Hawaii, Hawaii, US

Series: First Men, America’s Presidents
BISAC: POL040010

James Monroe was the fifth president of the United States, whose terms extended from his election in 1816 through his retirement after the election of 1824. He brought an extensive résumé to the office, as Monroe had fought in the American Revolution, served in the Articles of Confederation Congress, became a lawyer, served as Governor of Virginia, Minister to France, England, and Spain, and was elected president as a Democratic-Republican. He had married Elizabeth Kortright from New York who spoke fluent French, and she greatly assisted him in rescuing the Marquise Adrienne Lafayette family during the French Reign of Terror.

James Monroe was a deliberate man who studied all sides of a political question, consulted with his Cabinet, and made his own decisions with an instinct for command. He was a man’s man who rode hard, shot sure, spoke plainly, and loved his family unconditionally. He worked hard to establish himself as a planter aristocrat in Virginia and befriended most politicians of his era, working with George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry, Alexander Hamilton, and David Livingston. Monroe was an ardent negotiator and was instrumental in securing the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the United States.

He is most well-known and admired for his famed Monroe Doctrine, which guaranteed the independence of Latin American countries following the Napoleonic Wars. Monroe was a true statesman who ensured America’s national security by rounding out U.S. natural boundaries through treaties and diplomacy, and provided for strong defenses at U.S. ports, harbors, and military installations. By enforcing the Monroe Doctrine, President Monroe established a strong place for America in world affairs, earning international respect and admiration.
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Table of Contents

pp. xiii-xix

Chapter 1
James Monroe Growing Up in Virginia
pp. 1-30

Chapter 2
James Monroe Ascending the Ladder of Success
pp. 31-56

Chapter 3
James Monroe Returns to Europe as Diplomat
pp. 57-96

Chapter 4
Election of 1816 and the Era of Good Feelings
pp. 97-138

Chapter 5
Monroe as President: Missouri Compromise Through Monroe Doctrine
pp. 139-188

Chapter 6
New Cultural Trends
pp. 189-222

Chapter 7
James Monroe’s Retirement
pp. 223-232

pp. 233-238

About the Author
pp. 239-242

pp. 243-248

James Monroe Picture Gallery
pp. 249-266

pp. 267-279

James Monroe, Ensuring National Security with an Instinct for Command was written for university and college students as well as the reading general public. It is part of the book series titled First Men, America’s Presidents. The book should be of wide interest to Virginia and New York historical societies, parks, organizations, schools at all levels, and libraries across the nation. It should be sold at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where James Monroe attended college. The book should be of interest to university faculty who teach courses on the U.S. Presidency and courses in Colonial and National periods of American history. It should also interest teachers of the survey courses on American history at all levels—K-12 through University graduate school. This book might also be used in courses on ethics and education for citizenship.

“What I particularly appreciate about Dr. Barbara Peterson's new book on President James Monroe is that she is able to make that time in America's history both interesting and relevant. She has the ability to bring history to life so that the reader is both educated and inspired by this important man and the difficult challenges he faced as our country's fifth president. As Dr. Peterson's lively biography demonstrates, President Monroe played a very important role in shaping the social, economic and political policies during the founding days of our country. This is a part of our history that everyone should know, and I highly recommend Dr. Peterson's excellent biography on President James Monroe to students of all ages as an excellent and engaging way to gain this knowledge. I also highly recommend the books Dr. Peterson has written on Presidents George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, James Garfield, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Her attention to historical detail combined with her inclusion of the richness of their personal lives makes all of these presidential biographies highly educational as well as inspiring. I commend Nova Science Publishers for undertaking this important effort to bring a complete Series, First Men, America's Presidents, on the US Presidents to the public, and Dr. Peterson on the excellent job that she has done as editor to ensure that the highest quality of historical research has been achieved for the entire Series." - Dr. Janet Joyce Bennett, President and CEO, The Equinox Group, Doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, Author, Travels with Max: How My Dog Unleashed My Life

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