John Quincy Adams: Yankee Nationalist


Paul E. Teed
Saginaw Valley State University, MI, USA

Series: First Men, America’s Presidents

By the standards that historians usually use to judge presidents, John Quincy Adams was a failure. Although better qualified for the office than any American of his generation, he served for only one term and was unable to accomplish any of the most cherished goals set forth so boldly at the beginning of his presidency. Yet John Quincy Adams has not shared the fate of other presidential “failures” who have faded almost entirely from the national memory. This book provides a concise, synthetic biography of Adams that seeks to integrate the themes of his life into an understandable whole that explains both the successes and failures of his extraordinary career. Using his published journals and writings as basic sources, the book presents a succinct narrative of Adams’ career that draws upon the best scholarship on his life and times. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter I. The Peril in Which We Lived”
John Quincy Adams and the Era of the American Revolution, 1767-1790O

Chapter II. “A True New England Man and an American”
John Quincy Adams and American Public Life, 1790-1817

Chapter III. “The United States and North America Are Identical”
Adams at the State Department, 1817-1824

Chapter IV. “The Sun of My Political Life Sets in the Deepest Gloom”
Adams’ Broken Presidency, 1825-1829

Chapter V. “I Have More to Say Hereafter”
Congressman John Quincy Adams and the Union, 1829-1845

Chapter VI. “I Struggle to Keep My Head Above the Flood”
Final Battles for Freedom and Progress, 1845-1848


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