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For John Quincy Adams, increased national security meant neutrality in relations with Europe, greater defense and a better navy at home, and expansion of America territorially.
But there's no question about the truth of Kaplan's main point: John Quincy Adams may not have been one of America's greatest presidents, but he was definitely one of its greatest citizens." SAM JACOBS
John Quincy Adams also wrote a diary that was about 14,000 pages.
She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice and benignant sympathy of her example." Long before Americans were compelled to don blue helmets and sent to fight under the banner of the United Nations, the America of John Quincy Adams knew that "by once enlisting under banners other than her own, were they even banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom." Sound familiar?
By happenstance, John Quincy Adams played a central role in the American response at every stage: he served as Minister to Britain when the slave-trade courts were first conceived, as Secretary of State during the most active period of negotiations, and ultimately as the President who supervised the negotiations to their unsuccessful conclusion.
Lynn Hudson Parsons; THE BIRTH OF MODERN POLITICS: ANDREW JACKSON JOHN QUINCY ADAMS AND THE ELECTION OF 1828; Oxford University Press (Politics) $0.00 ISBN: 9780195312874
Adams's Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams's Extraordinary Post-Presidential Life in Congress, Joseph Wheelan presents a biography that treats Adams' presidency and early career as the prelude to a career as the only former president to serve as a Congressman.
The elderly statesman outlives his wife and daughter, and witnesses his son, John Quincy Adams, become president.
John Quincy Adams, the 6th president, walked 3-4 miles daily and swam naked across the Potomac every morning.
And John Quincy Adams, one of America's less well-known presidents, was remarkable for owning an alligator.
In Howe's view, it was not Jackson but John Quincy Adams, a man perhaps close to the Whigs by temperament and persuasion, yet not a rigid party man, but one whose vision for his country went beyond party, who stood for qualitative progress and moral choice, perhaps the "representative man" of his age.
Dangerous crossing: The revolutionary voyage of John Quincy Adams. Stephen Krensky.