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John Quincy Adams: The American Presidents Series: The 6th President, 1825-1829

John Quincy Adams: The American Presidents Series: The 6th President, 1825-1829

(Book #6 in the American Presidents series)


Book Overview: John Quincy Adams: The American Presidents Series: The 6th President, 1825-1829

A vivid portrait of a man whose pre- and post-presidential careers overshadowed his presidency.

Chosen president by the House of Representatives after an inconclusive election against Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams often failed to mesh with the ethos of his era, pushing unsuccessfully for a strong, consolidated national government. Historian Robert V. Remini recounts how in the years before his presidency Adams was a shrewd, influential diplomat, and later, as a dynamic secretary of state under President James Monroe, he solidified many basic aspects of American foreign policy, including the Monroe Doctrine.

Undoubtedly his greatest triumph was the negotiation of the Transcontinental Treaty, through which Spain acknowledged Florida to be part of the United States. After his term in office, he earned the nickname Old Man Eloquent for his passionate antislavery speeches.

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Robert V. Remini was an esteemed American historian and biographer, revered for his comprehensive studies on Andrew Jackson and the Jacksonian era. Born in 1921, Remini pursued an academic career that spanned over four decades. His contributions to American history literature are far-reaching, with his groundbreaking three-volume series on Andrew Jackson widely acknowledged as a standard in presidential biographies. For his exceptional work, Remini has received various awards including the National Book Award for the third volume of his Jackson biography. In 2005, he was appointed the Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, cementing his official role in documenting America's rich history. Beyond his illustrious career, Remini was a cherished professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His passion for teaching echoed his love for history, leaving a profound impact on generations of students. Robert V. Remini passed away in 2013, but his scholarship continues to be a vital resource for understanding American history.

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