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For the 250th anniversary of John Quincy Adams's delivery, a landmark new chosen version of an American masterpiece: the incomparable self-portrait of a person and his occasions from the Revolution to the approaching of the Civil Struggle.

The diary of John Quincy Adams is likely one of the most extraordinary works in American literature. Begun in 1779 on the age of twelve and saved roughly faithfully till his demise virtually 70 years later, and totaling some fifteen thousand closely-written manuscript pages, it’s each an unequalled document of historic occasions and personalities from the nation's founding to the antebellum period and a masterpiece of American self-portraiture, tracing the religious, literary, and scientific pursuits of an exceptionally energetic thoughts. Now, for the 250th anniversary of Adams's delivery, Library of America and historian David Waldstreicher current a two-volume reader's version of diary choices primarily based for the primary time on the unique manuscripts, restoring private and revealing passages suppressed in earlier editions.

Quantity 2 opens with Adams serving as Secretary of State, amid political maneuverings inside and out of doors James Monroe's cupboard to develop into his successor, a course of that culminates in Adams's election to the presidency by the Home of Representatives after the deadlocked four-way contest of 1824. At the same time as Adams takes the oath of workplace, rivals Henry Clay, his Secretary of State, John C. Calhoun, his vp, and an embittered Andrew Jackson, eye the election of 1828. The diary data in candid element his frustration as his far-sighted agenda for nationwide enchancment founders on the rocks of internecine political factionalism, battle that leads to his changing into solely the second president, together with his father, to fail to safe reelection. After a short-lived retirement, Adams returns to public service as a Congressman from Massachusetts, and for the final seventeen years of his life he leads efforts to withstand the extension of slavery and to finish the infamous "gag rule" that stifles debate on the difficulty in Congress. In 1841 he additional burnishes his fame as a scourge of the Slave Energy by efficiently defending African mutineers of the slave ship Amistad earlier than the Supreme Courtroom. The diary achieves maybe its best pressure in its prescient anticipation of the Civil Struggle and Emancipation, an "object," as Adams described it through the Missouri Disaster, "huge in its compass, terrible in its prospects, elegant and exquisite in its challenge."