The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams

The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams

by Phyllis Lee Levin
The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams

The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams

by Phyllis Lee Levin


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A patriot by birth, John Quincy Adams's destiny was foreordained. He was not only "The Greatest Traveler of His Age," but his country's most gifted linguist and most experienced diplomat. John Quincy's world encompassed the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the early and late Napoleonic Age. As his diplomat father's adolescent clerk and secretary, he met everyone who was anyone in Europe, including America's own luminaries and founding fathers, Franklin and Jefferson. All this made coming back to America a great challenge. But though he was determined to make his own career he was soon embarked, at Washington's appointment, on his phenomenal work abroad, as well as on a deeply troubled though loving and enduring marriage. But through all the emotional turmoil, he dedicated his life to serving his country. At 50, he returned to America to serve as Secretary of State to President Monroe. He was inaugurated President in 1824, after which he served as a stirring defender of the slaves of the Amistad rebellion and as a member of the House of Representatives from 1831 until his death in 1848. In The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams, Phyllis Lee Levin provides the deeply researched and beautifully written definitive biography of one of the most fascinating and towering early Americans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250081384
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 995,527
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Phyllis Lee Levin is the author of several books including Abigail Adams and Edith and Woodrow . She has been a reporter, editor, and columnist for The New York Times and lives in Manhattan.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I

1 "A Legacy More Valuable than Gold or Silver" 11

2 "A Great Deal of Room for Me to Grow Better" 23

3 "Some Compensation for My Not Being with My Friends at Braintree" 33

4 A Journal 45

5 "Almost at the World's End" 57

6 "Promise to Produce a Worthy Character" 75

7 "A Son Who Is the Greatest Traveller of His Age" 87

8 "A Sister Who Fulfills My Most Sanguine Expectations" 97

9 "Your Ever Affectionate Brother" 121

10 "The Sentiments of My Heart as They Rise" 133

11 "Study Is My Mistress" 149

12 "A Student in the Office of Theophilus Parsons" 169

13 "Exposed to the Perils of Sentiment" 185

14 "On the Bridge between Wisdom and Folly" 205

15 "I, Too, Am a Scribbler" 221

16 "The Times Change and We Change with Them" 235

Part II

17 "The Magnitude of the Trust and My Own Incompetency" 247

18 "The Usual Mixture between Sweet and Bitter" 267

19 "The Age of Innocence and Thoughtlessness" 283

20 "Albeit Unused to the Melting Mood" 297

21 "Oh My Louisa!" 305

22 "For the Friend of Your Life" 323

23 "Wise and in the Best Interests of the Country" 333

Part III

24 "To Turn Weariness Itself into Pleasure" 353

25 "Painful Retrospection" 369

26 "No Small Difficulty" 377

27 "Another Feather against a Whirlwind" 389

28 "Like a Fish Out of Water" 403

29 "Apostasy" 417

Part IV

30 "In Honorable Diplomatic Exile" 433

31 "Whether of Peace or War" 445

Afterword 459

Acknowledgments 463

Notes 467

Bibliography 507

Index 517

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