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The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics by William J. Cooper (review)

The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics by... change.” And just as it was for those students, “the epic of America is still being written” (317). C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa c. joseph genetin-pilawa, associate professor of history at George Mason University, is the author of Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight over Federal Indian Policy after the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2012) and coeditor of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics. By William J. Cooper. (New York: Liveright, 2017. Pp. 526. Cloth, $35.00; paper, $18.00.) In this exceptional biography of John Quincy Adams, William J. Cooper examines the remarkable life of the sixth president while using Adams’s expansive career to describe how American politics changed over his lifetime. Cooper writes that Adams’s defeat by Andrew Jackson in the presidential election of 1828 “signaled the beginning of a popular politics buttressed by organized, vigorous political parties. . . . Never again could a presidential candidate claim to wear a mantle that had literally been pos- sessed by the Founding Fathers” (258). Although the title of Cooper’s book casts him as a “lost” Founding Father, it may be more useful to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics by William J. Cooper (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 9 (1) – Mar 1, 2019

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change.” And just as it was for those students, “the epic of America is still being written” (317). C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa c. joseph genetin-pilawa, associate professor of history at George Mason University, is the author of Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight over Federal Indian Policy after the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2012) and coeditor of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics. By William J. Cooper. (New York: Liveright, 2017. Pp. 526. Cloth, $35.00; paper, $18.00.) In this exceptional biography of John Quincy Adams, William J. Cooper examines the remarkable life of the sixth president while using Adams’s expansive career to describe how American politics changed over his lifetime. Cooper writes that Adams’s defeat by Andrew Jackson in the presidential election of 1828 “signaled the beginning of a popular politics buttressed by organized, vigorous political parties. . . . Never again could a presidential candidate claim to wear a mantle that had literally been pos- sessed by the Founding Fathers” (258). Although the title of Cooper’s book casts him as a “lost” Founding Father, it may be more useful to

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Mar 1, 2019

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