Historians have not been generous in judging the presidency of John Quincy Adams. Those who have most conspicuously upheld Adams's fame have, at the same time, virtually ignored his service in the White House. Critics, on the other hand, have described his administration as a failure, founded upon "bargain and corruption" and marked by exclusion of the United States from the British West Indian trade, the ineffectiveness of its efforts to promote strong Pan-American relationships, and the enactment of the "tariff of abominations." Some analysts have even argued that it generated the sectionalism which terminated the "Era of Good Feelings."
Mary Hargreaves contends, instead, that the basic effort of Adams's presidency was to harmonize divergent sectional interests. To ignore the Adams administration's commitment to nationalism, she argues, is to overlook a fundamental stage in the establishment of the federal government as guardian of the general interest.
The volume contains new information on the development of United States commercial policy, the nation's early relationships with Latin America, and difficulties of local and regional adjustment to the growth of the national economy. It will be of keen interest to all students of the economic and political history of the early national period.
Table of Contents
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1. A Time of Readjustment
2. The Minority Election
3. Organizing the Administration
4. A Foreign Policy for Commerce
5. The Colonial Trade Controversy
6. Diplomacy of Mission
7. The Cuban Problem and the Panama Congress in the New World System
8. The American System at Home
9. Tariff, Land, and Indian Policies: The Political Flash Points
10. Problems of Governmental Administration
11. The Art of Politics
12. The Campaign of 1828
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This is the only book in the University of Kansas Press series on the presidencies that I did not finish. The first 100 pages or so are more of a litany of statistics of the cabinet departments. Perhaps sometime I will pick it up again and read it backwards, starting at the last chapter. Recommended only for history majors or for those who have a special interest in J. Q. Adams.