John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

by Sean McCollum
     
 

John Quincy Adams was already a distinguished diplomat at age thirty when his father John Adams became the second president. He served as minister to the Dutch Republic. Prussia, Great Britain, and Russia and later he negotiated treaties that ended the War of 1812 and gained the Florida Territory from Spain. As secretary of state under Monroe. Adams helped frame the… See more details below

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John Quincy Adams was already a distinguished diplomat at age thirty when his father John Adams became the second president. He served as minister to the Dutch Republic. Prussia, Great Britain, and Russia and later he negotiated treaties that ended the War of 1812 and gained the Florida Territory from Spain. As secretary of state under Monroe. Adams helped frame the Monroe Doctrine, a warning against European interference in the Americas, which still guides U.S. foreign policy. His four years as the sixth U.S. president were an anticlimax -- the brilliant diplomat proved to be unbending and unpopular. Rather than retire, ex-president Adams was elected to the House of Representatives, where he served for seventeen years, and advocated fairer treatment for Native Americans, an end to slavery, and recognition of women's rights.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These entries in the second series of the standard "Encyclopedia of Presidents" are fresher and more welcoming than those in the first. While some people may consider these two men among the weakest and most obscure of the early presidents, each author shows how historical perspectives have reinterpreted their relevancy in the interim. Each book covers its subject's entire life, concentrating on the years and accomplishments in office, and both conclude by summarizing his strengths and weaknesses. Both titles feature a map of what the U.S. looked like at the time the man took office (the states are unlabeled). Sidebars on the vice president and/or First Lady; "Fast Facts," time lines; recommended sites, both Web and terrestrial; highlighted primary sources; and tables that include brief facts and photos of all 43 presidents appear in both books. The blank pages and extensive margins and white space help achieve that holy grail of middle-grade assignments: a 100-page biography. Fortunately, more significant space is given to high-quality reproductions and illustrations, many in full color. Worthwhile updates.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780516228679
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Encyclopedia of Presidents Series
Pages:
110
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1070L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 13 Years

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