Download American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of by Jane Hampton Cook PDF

By Jane Hampton Cook

Kirkus Reviews
John Quincy Adams spent numerous years because the American diplomatic consultant in Russia, on the top of the Napoleonic wars. Here's the tale. cook dinner (The religion of American's First women, 2006, etc.) offers as a lot area to Louisa, Adams' English-born spouse, as to the longer term president. Adams, a compulsively sincere and frugal guy, was once hard-pressed to maintain with the extravagant existence anticipated of the diplomatic corps in St. Petersburg. the location used to be complex by means of the Napoleonic wars, during which American pursuits appeared far away and trivial to the eu powers, particularly England and France, either one of which manage alternate obstacles opposed to American retailers. Adams' activity was once to see an contract with the Russians, giving the fledgling nation at the least one huge buying and selling accomplice in Europe. fortunately, Czar Alexander took a liking to the Adamses and helped gentle their method within the difficult maze of excessive Russian society. Adams' ordeal incorporated terrible touring stipulations, obdurate bureaucrats, a adverse French ambassador and a prolonged scarcity of cash. yet Louisa, one of many few diplomatic better halves in Russia, had some distance worse to deal with--not simply separation from their younger sons, yet miscarriages and the dying of her 1-year-old daughter. finally, because the battle of 1812 broke out, the czar provided his companies to mediate among England and the USA, a suggestion declined by way of the British. finally, Adams was once referred to as to Ghent, the place he helped negotiate the treaty that ended the battle. Louisa, after a yr ready in the back of in Russia, undertook a harrowing trip to rejoin him in Paris. prepare dinner, drawing at the journals of either the Adamses, provides a close if occasionally overwrought account in their studies. apparently, the booklet is determined within the related time and position as warfare and Peace and sheds massive gentle at the heritage of that novel. A well-researched therapy of 2 attention-grabbing figures in a single of the main eventful instances in international background. notwithstanding a piece plodding before everything, it's worth sticking with it.

Show description

Read or Download American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile That Saved American Independence PDF

Best american history books

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

From the bestselling writer of within the middle of the Sea—winner of the nationwide ebook Award—the startling tale of the Plymouth Colony

From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the 1st Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim payment of recent England has develop into enshrined as our so much sacred nationwide delusion. but, as bestselling writer Nathaniel Philbrick unearths in his spellbinding new ebook, the genuine tale of the Pilgrims is way greater than the well known story of piety and sacrifice; it's a fifty-five-year epic that's without delay tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.
The Mayflower’s non secular refugees arrived in Plymouth Harbor in the course of a interval of obstacle for local american citizens as affliction unfold by way of eu fishermen devastated their populations. first and foremost the 2 groups—the Wampanoags, lower than the charismatic and calculating leader Massasoit, and the Pilgrims, whose pugnacious army officer Miles Standish was once slightly 5 ft tall—maintained a delicate operating dating. yet inside a long time, New England could erupt into King Philip’s warfare, a savagely bloody clash that almost burnt up English colonists and natives alike and ceaselessly altered the face of the fledgling colonies and the rustic that may develop from them.
With towering figures like William Bradford and the especially American hero Benjamin Church on the heart of his narrative, Philbrick has shaped a clean and compelling portrait of the sunrise of yankee history—a heritage ruled correct from the beginning by means of problems with race, violence, and faith.

Moonshine Nation

Moonshine is corn whiskey, frequently made in improvised stills during the Appalachian South. whereas caliber diversified from one manufacturer to a different, the whiskey had something in universal: It used to be unlawful as the distiller refused to pay taxes to the U.S. govt. Many moonshiners have been descendants of Scots-Irish immigrants who had fought within the unique Whiskey uprising within the early 1790s.

When General Grant Expelled the Jews

Amazon. com blurb:

A riveting account of common Ulysses S. Grant’s choice, in the midst of the Civil struggle, to reserve the expulsion of all Jews from the territory lower than his command, and the reverberations of that call on Grant’s political occupation, at the nascent American Jewish group, and at the American political process.

On December 17, 1862, simply weeks earlier than Abraham Lincoln introduced the Emancipation Proclamation, basic furnish issued what continues to be the main infamous anti-Jewish order by way of a central authority legit in American historical past. His try and cast off black marketeers by way of concentrating on for expulsion all Jews “as a class” unleashed a firestorm of controversy that made newspaper headlines and terrified and enraged the nearly 150,000 Jews then residing within the usa, who feared the importation of eu antisemitism onto American soil.

Although the order used to be fast rescinded by means of a horrified Abraham Lincoln, the scandal got here again to hang-out furnish while he ran for president in 1868. by no means prior to had Jews develop into a subject in a presidential contest, and not sooner than had they been faced so publicly with the query of ways to stability their “American” and “Jewish” pursuits. Award-winning historian Jonathan D. Sarna supplies us the 1st whole account of this little-known episode—including Grant’s next apology, his groundbreaking appointment of Jews to favourite positions in his management, and his remarkable stopover at to the land of Israel. Sarna sheds new gentle on one among our such a lot enigmatic presidents, at the Jews of his day, and at the ongoing debate among workforce loyalty and nationwide loyalty that keeps to roil American political and social discourse.

Source: Amazon. com Retail AZW3 (via library)

Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford History of the United States, Volume 4)

The Oxford heritage of the us is by means of some distance the main revered multi-volume heritage of our kingdom. The sequence comprises 3 Pulitzer Prize winners, big apple occasions bestsellers, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. Now, within the most up-to-date quantity within the sequence, one in every of America's such a lot esteemed historians, Gordon S.

Additional resources for American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile That Saved American Independence

Sample text

Fresh. Last night the millponds froze over to the thickness of an inch — the thermometer being at 11 degrees this morning. I fear the peaches on the mainland are destroyed. Tonight I am so tired. Must force my eyes to stay open, force myself to remain alert. If I let the Light go out, even for a moment. . Reenie O’Connell said once she would never want such responsibility. She said it was hard enough to look after a family, how much more difficult to look after the sea and those who sail upon it.

Thursday, March 21, 1861 Clear. W. Fresh. Last night the millponds froze over to the thickness of an inch — the thermometer being at 11 degrees this morning. I fear the peaches on the mainland are destroyed. Tonight I am so tired. Must force my eyes to stay open, force myself to remain alert. If I let the Light go out, even for a moment. . Reenie O’Connell said once she would never want such responsibility. She said it was hard enough to look after a family, how much more difficult to look after the sea and those who sail upon it.

Brought in a good catch of shad. The run of fish is so plentiful, there is enough for us to eat and shad left over to sell. Assistant lightkeepers do not command much of a salary. It is good to help out. Thursday, April 11, 1861 Clear. E. to E. Moderate. There is much activity on the water to record. Uncle Edward says a large number of troops — 3,000 men — have gathered in New York. Steamers and men-of-war stand in readiness. S. Government troops stationed there have been exhausted, and receiving fresh provisions will be a great risk.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.27 of 5 – based on 38 votes