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Leonard L. Richards is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of several books, including Gentlemen of Property and Standing.
The Life and Times of Congressman John Quincy Adamsby Leonard L. Richards
Richards' study presents not only a vivid portrait of John Quincy Adams but also provides an insightful exploration of American politics in the 1830s and 40s. Examining one of the few presidents who sustained a political career after his term in the White House, Richards depicts how two years after losing the presidential election to Andrew Jackson, Adams ran for
Richards' study presents not only a vivid portrait of John Quincy Adams but also provides an insightful exploration of American politics in the 1830s and 40s. Examining one of the few presidents who sustained a political career after his term in the White House, Richards depicts how two years after losing the presidential election to Andrew Jackson, Adams ran for the House of Representatives and served there until his death seventeen years later.
During his outstanding congressional career, Adams became a folk hero in much of the Northhailed by some as "Old Man Eloquent" and "the conscience of New England" by otherswhile much of the South feared him, regarding him as a traitor and the "archest enemy of slavery that ever existed." Richards explores in detail Adams' battles with such prominent figures as Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster on the issues of slavery, the Indians and their land, the annexation of Texas, and the potential war against Mexico. Highlighting his importance in the anti-slavery movement, Richards reassesses Adams' role as a political analyst and as a vital force in the turbulent politics of the day.
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Better than several other bios of JQA I have read. Recommended, but with very definite reservations. The problem that Richards has, which is quite pervasive among authors who write about "great" figures of history, is that he -- and many other authors -- don't believe in heroes. Such authors are incapable of recognizing that certain individuals are driven to act on higher selfless principles, that such individuals have a "higher calling," so to speak. As a result of that failure by the author(s), all of the subject's (in this case JQA) actions are described as motivated by petty concerns, e.g., ambition, jealousy, money, anger, revenge, etc. This may be the accepted manner in which to write historical biographies today, but it is very unfortunate, and gives a very false picture of the subject.