Presidents from Washington through Monroe, 1789-1825: Debating the Issues in Pro and Con Primary Documents

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This work offers the best of both worlds: broad analysis of the first five presidential administrations and specific excerpts from original documents supporting and opposing the presidents' positions. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe speak for themselves as they argue for their positions on the key political, social, and economic issues of their time in excerpts from primary sources. Excerpts from opposing positions on each issue give the presidents' critics a ...

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Overview

This work offers the best of both worlds: broad analysis of the first five presidential administrations and specific excerpts from original documents supporting and opposing the presidents' positions. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe speak for themselves as they argue for their positions on the key political, social, and economic issues of their time in excerpts from primary sources. Excerpts from opposing positions on each issue give the presidents' critics a voice. An explanatory overview of each issue will help students to understand the argument and the context of the issue and to apply critical thinking skills to their understanding. The section on each president includes entries on 4-5 key issues of his administration, from the president's title at the beginning of Washington's administration to American Indian removal at the close of Monroe's term.

Primary documents include presidential memoirs, speeches, and letters, congressional speeches, Supreme Court decisions, newspaper editorials, and comments from prominent private citizens. An introductory overview of each president's administration provides a useful window through which to assess the specific debates and documents addressed. A timeline provides a chronological backdrop for the subject, and recommended readings following each section offer helpful direction for further study. Though the founding presidents remain revered today for their pioneering accomplishments in the early nation, this work reminds readers that the first executives faced ongoing opposition from members of the legislature, judiciary, and general public. Readers will gain a grounded understanding of the contested issues of the young nation and the way early decisions impacted our political system across time.

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AMY H. STURGIS teaches at Belmont University. She is the author of two books in the President's Position: Debating the Issues series.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Timeline
Introduction 1
1 George Washington 1789-1797 11
The President's Title 17
Public Credit 23
The National Bank 28
Neutrality 34
The Whiskey Insurrection 41
2 John Adams 1797-1801 49
International Neutrality 54
The Nation's Army 61
Alien and Sedition Acts 67
Santo Domingo 72
3 Thomas Jefferson 1801-1809 81
Defense 87
New Orleans 92
Louisiana Purchase 98
Judicial Review 103
American Indian Policy 107
Embargo 113
4 James Madison 1809-1817 121
State/National Government Relations 126
Executive Power 132
War of 1812 137
The National Bank 143
The National Government's Role in Internal Improvements 149
5 James Monroe 1817-1825 155
Pensacola Seizure 160
Missouri Compromise 166
Internal Improvements 172
Monroe Doctrine 177
American Indian Removal 182
Bibliography 189
Index 193
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