Heir to the Fathers; John Quincy Adams and the Spirit of Constitutional Government / Edition 270

Heir to the Fathers; John Quincy Adams and the Spirit of Constitutional Government / Edition 270

by Gary V. Wood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739106015

ISBN-13: 9780739106013

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

In Heir to the Fathers, author Gary V. Wood examines the ideas that guided John Quincy Adams throughout his political career. For Wood, it is Adams' understanding of The Constitution of the United States that foregrounds a crucial link between the principles laid-forth in The Declaration of Independence and the original intent of the Framers of The Constitution.

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In Heir to the Fathers, author Gary V. Wood examines the ideas that guided John Quincy Adams throughout his political career. For Wood, it is Adams' understanding of The Constitution of the United States that foregrounds a crucial link between the principles laid-forth in The Declaration of Independence and the original intent of the Framers of The Constitution. Heir to the Fathers traces this link through an examination of Adams' celebrated essay, Jubilee of the Constitution and, most significantly, through his defense of a group of Africans who mutinied aboard the slave ship Amistad. The contradictory relationship between what is stated The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution and the treatment of African slaves has been a persistent problem in any attempt to understand the legacy of freedom in the United States. Adams' argument before the Supreme Court, based on his interpretation of constitutional law, is an example of how this unique political mind comes to terms with this contradiction without abandoning the spirit of America's founding principles. Wood's discussion of Adams' political and intellectual life invites readers to reexamination the principles upon which the United States of America was founded. Heir to the Fathers is a salient addition to the study of constitutional law and history and American political thought.

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ISBN-13:
9780739106013
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Adams, The Constitution, and the Contemporary Scholarly Debate Chapter 3 John Quincy Adams, The Founders and Slavery Chapter 4 Jubilee of The Constitution Chapter 5 The Africans of the Amistad Chapter 6 The Amistad Case Chapter 7 The Legacy of John Quincy Adams

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