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He was born in 1767, a subject of the British Empire, and died in 1848, a citizen of the United States and a member of Congress in company with Abraham Lincoln. In his dramatic career he had known George Washington and Benjamiin Franklin, La Fayette of France, Alexander I of Russia, and Castlereagh of Great Britain. He had both collaborated and quarrelled with Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster. In his lifetime Americans had fought for and established their independence, adopted a Constitution, fought two wars with Great Britain and one with Mexico. They had expanded south to the Rio Grande and west to the Pacific. At the time of his death, Adams was seen as a living connection between the present and past of the young republic and his passing severed one of the nation's last ties with its founding generation. As son of the second president of the United States, father of the minister to the Court of St. James, and grandfather to author Henry Adams, John Quincy Adams was part of an American dynasty. In his own career as secretary of state, President, senator, and congressman, Adams was as an actor in some of the most dramatic events of the nineteenth century. In this concise biography, Lynn Hudson Parsons masterfully chronicles the life of one of America's most absorbing figures. From the day in 1778 when, as a boy, he accompanied his father on a diplomatic mission to France, to his last years as an eloquent , cantankerous opponent of this country's foreign and domestic policies, Adams was rarely detached from public affairs. And yet, this biography reveals Adams as a man never truly at home anywhere—in Washington he was stubborn and reclusive, in Europe he was a phlegmatic ideologue, a bulldog among spaniels. His story parallels America's own.

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Editorial Reviews

Claremont Review Of Books
Lynn H. Parsons, who has been working on Adams for many years, provides a very readable general biography.
— Richard Samuelson
Richard Alan Ryerson
A beautifully written, well-balanced, and complete biography.
Edith Gelles
Lynn Parsons has ventured into the daunting record left by John Quincy Adams and reproduced a remarkable portrait of Adams and his times. Thorough, fair, and authentic, this full-scale biography is written with grace and clarity. It is as engaging to read as it is useful and provocative.
Walter LaFeber
John Quincy Adams continues to be ranked as our greatest of all secretaries of state, and Lynn Hudson Parsons has given us a superb, succinct, engagingly written biography that not only tells us about this incredible person, but about his America as it became modernized politically and economically—and as it, and he, became increasingly haunted by the specter of slavery.
Claremont Review of Books - Richard Samuelson
Lynn H. Parsons, who has been working on Adams for many years, provides a very readable general biography.
This concise biography shows that from the day in 1778 when as a boy he accompanied his father on a diplomatic mission to France, to his last years as an eloquent, cantankerous opponent of his country's foreign and domestic policies, Adams was rarely detached from public affairs. It also reveals that he was never truly at home anywhere<-- >in Washington he was stubborn and reclusive, in Europe he was a phlegmatic ideologue. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945612599
  • Publisher: Madison House
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Series: American Profiles Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.68 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Hudson Parsons is professor of history at State University of New York College at Brockport. He is author of several articles on John Quincy Adams and his family, and compiler of John Quincy Adams: A Bibliography.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Illustrations Chapter 2 Editor's Foreword Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Prologue Chapter 5 "Times in Which a Genious Would Wish to Live" Chapter 6 "To Serve My Country at its Call" Chapter 7 "Hitherto My Conduct has Given Satisfaction to Neither Side" Chapter 8 "A Bulldog Among Spaniels" Chapter 9 "Leave the Rest of the Continent to Us" Chapter 10 "Liberty is Power" Chapter 11 "I Was Born for a Controversial World. . . ." Chapter 12 "A Stout Heart and a Clear Conscience, and Never Despair" Chapter 13 Epilogue Chapter 14 Suggested Reading Chapter 15 Index

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    Posted October 30, 2000

    John Quincy Adams

    Great for history book reports!

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