John Quincy Adams: The Critical Years

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Title Page History 1301. 07 Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30-4:45 John Quincy Adams: The Critical Years Robert A. East New York, Bookman Associates, Inc. 1962 Author Robert Abraham East was a gifted writer. He has many books out today called Business Enterprise in the American Revolutionary Era, John Adams (Twayne’s World Leaders Series; Twis 78), Connecticut’s Loyalists (Connecticut Bicentennial Series), John Quincy Adams: The Critical Years 1785-1794, and Previously Unpublished Writings of Robert A. East. He has been a very productive writer during his life. The author states in his book that if it weren’t for John Quincy Adams and him recording his thoughts and experiences so honestly, he wouldn’t have been able to make this…show more content…
This book talks about his education at Harvard, his study of law in Newburyport and early practice in Boston, and it also talks about his contribution to the American press. During these nine years this book also covers illnesses due to depression and of a love affair. He also wrote political prose as well as romantic poetry. Robert A. East constantly uses quotes from Quincy Adams journal or diary, “My health happily recovered,” (pg. 105). He does this just to show you proof of what he actually wrote. The book follows the life of John Quincy Adams in the way Quincy Adams wrote in his journal. It starts while he is 18 in 1785 and continues until he is 27 in 1794. John Quincy liked girls and would court them with his poems, but he was also known for his poems being hurtful towards girls (pg. 111). John Quincy was depressed and just worn out when his father, at the time was Vice President, and his mother, at the time was sick, came into town. The author will quote poems from Quincy Adam’s journal and will then try to evaluate what he was implying. John Quincy also wrote documents in the newspaper supporting his father and while he was doing that he would take care of his sick mother (134-136). Overall John Quincy Adams was a very talented writer and most importantly an influential…show more content…
John Quincy Adams may have been going through hard times just because of the stress of following in the footsteps of his great father and mother, John Adams and Abigail Adams. This book will also talk about situations that happened to John Quincy Adams and what his response to the situation was and even the emotions he felt, “…with regard to John Quincy’s state of mind at this time, it suggests not that the young Puritan had been suffering from anything that might reasonably have given rise to an uneasy conscience but rather that morbid conscientiousness may have contributed to his recent distress,” (106). Throughout the book the author stayed pretty neutral in every case, he just mainly wrote this book in reflection of what he thought about the situations that were presented in John Quincy Adams journal or
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