Noble Cunningham's history of the fifth presidency (1817-1825) shows a young nation beset by growing pains and led by a cautious politician who had neither the learning nor the intellect of Jefferson or Madison but whose actions strengthened both the United States and the presidency itself. Cunningham makes clear that the mislabeled "era of good feelings" had more than its share of crises, including those resulting from revolutions in Latin America, Spanish possession of Florida, the depression of 1819, and the controversy over slavery in Missouri. Monroe, he shows, successfully defused these potentially explosive situations, most notably by negotiating the 1820 Missouri Compromise and announcing in 1823 what came to be known as the Monroe Doctrine, a document that still guides American policy in the Western hemisphere. Cunningham effectively places these actions within the context of Monroe's life and times and sheds new light on the inner workings of his cabinet and his relations with Congress. In addition, he features the prominent roles of two future presidents: John Quincy Adams as secretary of state and Andrew Jackson as the controversial general whose actions in the Seminole War created a headache for the administration.
"A splendid account. Few historians have succeeded so well in grasping the relationship between the constitutional structures of the United States and the ebb and flow of day-to-day politics". -- Times Literary Supplement.
About the Author :
Jr Noble E Cunningham has contributed to Presidency of James Monroe as an author.
Noble Cunningham is the author and historical editor of more than a dozen books about Jefferson, most recently "The Inaugural Addresses of President Thomas Jefferson, 1801 and 1805". A professor of history at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Cunningham was an adviser for the Library of Congress's major Bicentennial exhibition, "Thomas Jefferson."
|Title:||Presidency of James Monroe||Publisher:||University Press of Kansas|
|Author:||Jr Noble E Cunningham|
|No. of Pages:||246|
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