Presidents from Washington Through Monroe, 1789-1825: Debating the Issues in Pro and Con Primary Documents

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - History - 198 pages


This work offers the best of both worlds: broad analysis of the first five presidential administrations and specific excerpts from original documents supporting and opposing the presidents' positions. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe speak for themselves as they argue for their positions on the key political, social, and economic issues of their time in excerpts from primary sources. Excerpts from opposing positions on each issue give the presidents' critics a voice. An explanatory overview of each issue will help students to understand the argument and the context of the issue and to apply critical thinking skills to their understanding. The section on each president includes entries on 4-5 key issues of his administration, from the president's title at the beginning of Washington's administration to American Indian removal at the close of Monroe's term.

Primary documents include presidential memoirs, speeches, and letters, congressional speeches, Supreme Court decisions, newspaper editorials, and comments from prominent private citizens. An introductory overview of each president's administration provides a useful window through which to assess the specific debates and documents addressed. A timeline provides a chronological backdrop for the subject, and recommended readings following each section offer helpful direction for further study. Though the founding presidents remain revered today for their pioneering accomplishments in the early nation, this work reminds readers that the first executives faced ongoing opposition from members of the legislature, judiciary, and general public. Readers will gain a grounded understanding of the contested issues of the young nation and the way early decisions impacted our political system across time.

 

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Contents

GEORGE WASHINGTON 17891797
11
THE PRESIDENTS TITLE
17
PUBLIC CREDIT
23
THE NATIONAL BANK
28
NEUTRALITY
34
THE WHISKEY INSURRECTION
41
RECOMMENDED READINGS
47
JOHN ADAMS 17971801
49
EMBARGO
113
RECOMMENDED READINGS
119
JAMES MADISON 18091817
121
STATENATIONAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
126
EXECUTIVE POWER
132
WAR OF 1812
137
THE NATIONAL BANK
143
THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS ROLE IN INTERNAL IMPROVEMENTS
149

INTERNATIONAL NEUTRALITY
54
THE NATIONS ARMY
61
ALIEN AND SEDITION ACTS
67
SANTO DOMINGO
72
RECOMMENDED READINGS
78
THOMAS JEFFERSON 18011809
81
DEFENSE
87
NEW ORLEANS
92
LOUISIANA PURCHASE
98
JUDICIAL REVIEW
103
AMERICAN INDIAN POLICY
107
RECOMMENDED READINGS
154
JAMES MONROE 18171825
155
PENSACOLA SEIZURE
160
MISSOURI COMPROMISE
166
INTERNAL IMPROVEMENTS
172
MONROE DOCTRINE
177
AMERICAN INDIAN REMOVAL
182
RECOMMENDED READINGS
188
BIBLIOGRAPHY
189
INDEX
193
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About the author (2002)

AMY H. STURGIS teaches at Belmont University. She is the author of two books in the President's Position: Debating the Issues series.

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