Customer Reviews for

Arguing about Slavery: John Quincy Adams and the Great Battle in the United States Congress

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1
  • Posted August 17, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Slavery, Congress and the Bill of Rights in 19th C. U.S.

    This book is engrossing in every way. It is a glimpse into the mechanism of our early Congress as well as a reminder of how divisive the slavery issue was. The culture of the powerful in the Southern slave society is revealed in all its arrogance. It is also a reminder of how important a man John Quincy Adams was, especially in his late career as Congressman Adams. The parallels to contemporary political conflicts are striking, but are merely left to us readers to observe.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2001

    The Best History Book I've Read

    A decade-long Congressional debate that took place 160 years ago seems an impossible subject to make interesting. Yet William Lee Miller makes it more than merely interesting; rather, 'lively,' 'engaging,' 'inspiring' more accurately describe Miller's work. This story of one man--one good man--standing firmly upon principle at the center of the our antebellum hurricane embracing and speaking simple truth and right stirs the heart and uplifts the soul. This book will be read for generations to come.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2000

    A Must for Any Library

    Any lifetime student of Early American History and the War for Southern Independence/War of the Rebellion/Civil War will do him- or herself a great service reading Miller's work illustrating a fascinating chapter in our pre-war history. Especially aggravating was watching hardheaded Southern politicians hurt the 94% of their [non-slaveowning] population for the benefit of 1 in 15 who were slaveowners. By enforcing gags denying discussion of slavery in the House of Representatives, they presented themselves as opponents of Freedom Speech and the Right of Petition - two fo the founding elements in the Original American Republic. The debates of 1836-1844 are a slim or nonexistent chapter in any school textbook. I strongly recommend it as important reading for a well rounded education. While the book is 4-stars; Miller's personal epilogues at the end net 2 stars for promoting overly symplistic, popular assumptions about why this war was really fought. This can be hard reading to anyone well read on the multitude of cultural, moral, religious, political, work ethic differences between the primarily Puritan North and the [Celtic] South. Nonetheless....Buy it! Read it! Scribble lots of notes in it. You'll be referring back to it over and over again. Chris Kelley Seattle, WA Member, Washington Civil War Association

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1