John Quincy Adams and the Foundations of American Foreign Policy

John Quincy Adams and the Foundations of American Foreign Policy None

  • Title: John Quincy Adams and the Foundations of American Foreign Policy
  • Author: Samuel Flagg Bemis
  • ISBN: 9780313226366
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Holding off on a full review upon reading volume 2. A few things I don't want to forget:- Adams writing and researching a book on weights and measures - Adams trumping Jefferson and Madison in shaping Monroe's views in the eventual Monroe Doctrine- Adams shifting his viewpoints based on changes in circumstances (and public opinion)- Adams writing an entire book to bury a political opponent who faked a copy of a letter from their time together negotiating the Treaty of Ghent- Adams efforts on sha [...]

    2. On December 2, 1823, President Monroe delivered to Congress an address containing three foreign policy principles which later came to be called the Monroe Doctrine. The President and his advisors believed this mere enunciation of principle would ward off European incursions in the New World under the aegis of the Holy Alliance which could be to the detriment of the United States. Since its enunciation, this Doctrine has been a key element in U.S. foreign relations. An examination of its origins [...]

    3. This is a dense read - written much more for a scholarly audience than the casual reader, or even for a devoted history buff. Bemis writes a diplomatic history of John Quincy Adams from birth up to roughly when he became President in 1825. It is a well-researched book, and certainly one to consult if you are interested in researching early American diplomatic history. Bemis describes how Adams consistently fought to protect the rights and integrity of his country - a very daunting task in those [...]

    4. This is not a book for those searching for a casual history of our sixth president. In fact, if you're looking for a work about JQA's four years in office, you should search elsewhere, for this focuses almost exclusively on his years as ambassador to Russia, and later, England, and his seven years as Secretary of State in the Monroe administration. The good: throughout this work, Samuel Flagg Bemis illustrates how Adams' skill in foreign relations charted a course for Western expansion during th [...]

    5. update: I guess this is a sneaky book, because I'm realizing that I learned A LOT from this. I didn't think so immediately after reading, but I keep coming up on things and thinking "oh, I know this"This is an extremely detailed synopsis of JQA's foreign policy only. But it says that in the title, so you shouldn't be surprised. I'm super happy to have read it, I wasn't aware that he had such an impact on so many pieces of early U.S. history, and how interconnected all the border issues wereso, I [...]

    6. This Pulitzer Prize-winning volume 1 by Bemis covers the life of John Quincy Adams, son of the 2nd U.S. President, John Adams, from his birth to 1848; more extensive coverage of his presidency (1825-1829) will be found in another volume. The first volume details Adams' roles as diplomat, Congressman, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State.

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