John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery



John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery In The Final Years Of His Political Career, President John Quincy Adams Was Well Known For His Objections To Slavery, With Rival Henry Wise Going So Far As To Label Him The Acutest, The Astutest, The Archest Enemy Of Southern Slavery That Ever Existed As A Young Statesman, However, He Supported Slavery How Did The Man Who In 1795 Told A British Cabinet Officer Not To Speak To Him Of The Virginians, The Southern People, The Democrats, Whom He Considered In No Other Light Than As Americans, Come To Foretell A Grand Struggle Between Slavery And Freedom How Could A Committed Expansionist, Who Would Rather Abandon His Party And Lose His U.S Senate Seat Than Attack Jeffersonian Slave Power, Later Come To Declare The Mexican War The Apoplexy Of The Constitution, A Hijacking Of The Republic By Slaveholders What Changed Entries From Adams S Personal Diary, Extensive Than That Of Any American Statesman, Reveal A Highly Dynamic And Accomplished Politician In Engagement With One Of His Generation S Most Challenging National Dilemmas.Expertly Edited By David Waldstreicher And Matthew Mason, John Quincy Adams And The Politics Of Slavery Offers An Unusual Perspective On The Dramatic And Shifting Politics Of Slavery In The Early Republic, As It Moved From The Margins To The Center Of Public Life And From The Shadows To The Substance Of Adams S Politics The Editors Provide A Lucid Introduction To The Collection As A Whole And Frame The Individual Documents With Brief And Engaging Insights, Rendering Both Adams S Life And The Controversies Over Slavery Into A Mutually Illuminating Narrative By Juxtaposing Adams S Personal Reflections On Slavery With What He Said And Did Not Say Publicly On The Issue, The Editors Offer A Nuanced Portrait Of How He Interacted With Prevailing Ideologies During His Consequential Career And Life John Quincy Adams And The Politics Of Slavery Is An Invaluable Contribution To Our Understanding Of The Complicated Politics Of Slavery That Set The Groundwork For The Civil War.

David Waldstreicher, editor, is Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and the author of Slavery s Constitution From Revolution to Ratification 2009 Runaway America Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution 2004 and In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes The Making of American Nationalism, 1776 1820 1997 As editor, his books inclu

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10 thoughts on “John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery

  1. Vicki says:

    John Quincy Adams was an avid journal keeper He journaled daily and kept meticulous notes about his everyday life His thoughts and his beliefs Reading this journey of his life was so interesting and so unexpected.He chose to change his beliefs at the end of his life and become a staunch enemy of the slave industry Insightful and illuminating this book opened ...

  2. Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken says:

    Thorough look at Adams s evolution on the subject of slavery, using his personal diaries I received a free digital ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Full review to come I have to confess my complete lack of knowledge about some of the earliest presidents after Washington I vaguely thought both John Adams and John Quincy Adams were the only two among the first ten or so who never owned slaves and were staunchly against slavery I could ve sworn I read that previously But as I started this one, I quickly found that was not the case at all and early on his career, JQA was actually a supporter of this cancerous practice that still impacts our country today In fact, at around 49%, the books states The Adamses rented slaves during their years in Washington DC This is quite a different picture painted of a man who, in the last years of his life, was so well known for his opposition to slavery...

  3. Nancy says:

    John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery, Selections from the Diary by David Waldstreicher and Matthew Mason traces Adams evolving understanding of slavery, drawing from Adams diary After serving as president Adams home state of Massachusetts elected him to the House of Representatives Adams remained in the House until his death Adams never shirked the call to serve his country He was a diplomat, Senator, Secretary of State, and President Adams literately died on the floor of the House Adams, like his parents, believed slaves must be freed, but how that was to be accomplished, and the intensity of his personal commitment to ending slavery, evolved over his lifetime It was not until late in his life that he took up the cause in earnest, battling a government controlled by the South and the Gag Rule that banned any petition for abolition to be presented in the House.The book consists of diary extracts with commentary from the authors providing a framework to understand their context The issue of slavery was problematic since the inception of America Removing Jefferson s clause on slavery from the Constitution may have allowed the States to unite, but the United States only came after the Civil War and the adoption of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery Adams career was spanned these two pivotal events.The diary reveals both his aversion to slavery and his aversion to pressing t...

  4. gnarlyhiker says:

    Waldstreicher and Mason present a good introduction of JOA journal entries for new students, and a refresher for those armchair historians Good solid read.good luck ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley

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