John Randolph: A New Edition with Primary Documents and Introduction by Robert Mccolley (Google eBook)

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M.E. Sharpe, Dec 18, 1995 - History
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America's foremost political eccentric of the early national era, the Virginian John Randolph of Roanoke (1773-1833), referred to John and John Quincy Adams as the American House of Stuart and opposed virtually all their political deeds and principles. Henry Adams, perhaps the most eccentric as well as brilliant American historian of the nineteenth century, avenged his grandfather and great-grandfather with this incisively negative biography. Its relative brevity makes it an ideal introduction to Henry Adams's thinking and writing about American history. Furthermore, however unbalanced and therefore unfair to its subject, Adams's Randolph leaves a compelling picture of a states' rights idealist who became, before he died, the prophet of the southern defense of slavery.

As greatly and deeply as Henry Adams disliked John Randolph of Roanoke, he had, almost in spite of himself, a deep bond of sympathy. Both were morally and culturally cut off from the booster-dominated, progressive, materialistic mainstream of United States culture. American aristocrats by birth, education, and wealth, both were insiders turned outsiders.
--From the Introduction Professor Robert McColley introduces the volume and includes several of Randolph's speeches and letters not in the original edition.

  

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John Randolph was a Jeffersonian Republican and a Virginian to the manor born. He was a virulent political opponent of John Adams and John Quincy Adams. The author of this biography was Henry Adams ... Read full review

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A classic by one of the great American historians who take son the greatest critic of John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Henry Adams presents Randolph as the spirit of the planter class in gthe early Republic. Well written. Read full review

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Adams was born in Boston, in 1838, the son of American diplomat Charles Francis Adams and grandson of President John Quincy Adams. Educated at Harvard, Adams worked in Washington, D.C., as his father's secretary before embarking on a career in journalism and later in teaching. A prominent American historian, he wrote several important historical works. Adams's autobiography, The Education of Henry Adams (1907), might be called the story of an education and the recovery from it, although the writer felt that he never in fact recovered. His earlier work, Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres (privately printed 1904, published 1913), a study of thirteenth-century unity, can readily be compared with the Education, a study of twentieth-century multiplicity that Adams believed makes education so destructive. Henry Adams wrote two novels, Esther (1884) and the earlier cutting satire on the U.S. government, Democracy: An American Novel (1880). In 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt described Democracy as a novel that created a great furor among the educated incompetents and the pessimists generally and condemned it for what he considered "its superficial and rotten cleverness." Adams died in 1918.

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