|John Quincy Adams As His Grandsons Would Have Known Him|
Sunday, August 25, 2013
The Archfiend Haunting Bloody Andy - John Quincy Adams
Just to be clear as to where Henry Adams got the habit of biting wit and subtle sarcasm for his own histories -- from his grandfather.
I've been wanting to read JQA's Memoirs for a long time now, but I don't have time for the many volumes that they are. However, I am looking into the volume of the 1830's -- Holy Cow! This stuff is not only historically revelatory, but fabulously entertaining. He deliberately worked to annoy the slavers' Gag Rule (imposed by Jackson and the southerns that JQA refers to simply as "the slavers," to keep abolition and emancipation from being discussed in the House or Senate), to tie up at least an hour, hour and a half, of every session by forcing "the slavers" to shut him up about slavery and their censorship of even mentioning the issue.