By John Quincy Adams,David Waldstreicher
The diary of John Quincy Adams is without doubt one of the so much amazing works in American literature. started in 1779 on the age of twelve and stored extra or less faithfully until eventually his demise nearly 70 years later, and totaling a few fifteen thousand closely-written manuscript pages, it really is either an unmatched list of historical occasions and personalities from the nation's founding to the antebellum era and a masterpiece of yankee self-portraiture, tracing the religious, literary, and clinical pursuits of an extremely energetic mind. Now, for the 250th anniversary of Adams's beginning, Library of the US and historian David Waldstreicher present a two-volume reader's version of diary choices established for the 1st time at the original manuscripts, restoring own and revealing passages suppressed in earlier editions.
Volume 2 opens with Adams serving as Secretary of kingdom, amid political maneuverings inside of and out of doors James Monroe's cupboard to turn into his successor, a approach that culminates in Adams's election to the presidency by way of the home of Representatives after the deadlocked four-way contest of 1824. whilst Adams takes the oath of workplace, opponents Henry Clay, his Secretary of kingdom, John C. Calhoun, his vice chairman, and an embittered Andrew Jackson, eye the election of 1828. The diary files in candid aspect his frustration as his far-sighted schedule for nationwide development founders at the rocks of internecine political factionalism, clash that leads to his turning into basically the second president, along with his father, to fail to safe reelection. After a short-lived retirement, Adams returns to public provider as a Congressman from Massachusetts, and for the final seventeen years of his existence he leads efforts to resist the extension of slavery and to finish the infamous "gag rule" that stifles debate on the factor in Congress. In 1841 he extra burnishes his recognition as a plague of the Slave strength by way of effectively protecting African mutineers of the slave ship Amistad before the splendid courtroom. The diary achieves probably its maximum strength in its prescient anticipation of the Civil struggle and Emancipation, an "object," as Adams described it throughout the Missouri Crisis, "vast in its compass, lousy in its clients, elegant and lovely in its issue."
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