By Max J. Skidmore

ISBN-10: 0312295596

ISBN-13: 9780312295592

Hat do you do with your self after keeping the main robust workplace on the planet? a comparatively younger guy, invoice Clinton most likely has many years yet to come up together with his personal solutions to this query. After the White home is the 1st e-book to take a scientific examine the post-presidential careers of Clinton and his prede-cessors. Thirty-two accomplished their phrases. 4 turned presidential applicants back (one was once even elected), served in Congress, one approved election to the accomplice Congress, and one turned leader Justice. Clinton has the original contrast of his first woman turning into a usa senator. Jefferson created the collage of Virginia. Teddy Roosevelt launched into an African safari upon leaving place of work. Many remained influential figures; others have been ostracized while political competitors succeeded them (like Hoover in the course of FDR's terms). wealthy with anecdotes, After the White apartment presents an enjoyable and distinctive per-spec-tive at the lives of presidents.

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JOHN ADAMS AND THOMAS JEFFERSON 19 tices making partisan statements, and with the Court itself intruding to declare electoral victory in an unsure situation, thus acting inconsistently with its own often-expressed preference for state authority—the country reacted peacefully. That the American political infrastructure can survive normal changes of power—such as, for example, those resulting from the elections of 1992, 1980, 1968, and from the razor-thin Kennedy victory of 1960—should suggest that America owes tribute to John Adams.

Jefferson also tried, with varying success, to influence the judicial branch. President Madison had difficulty finding an appropriate appointee to the 26 AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE Supreme Court to replace the elderly Associate Justice William Cushing, who had died in office. Madison offered the position to three men, including John Quincy Adams; each declined. Madison then turned to a figure Jefferson opposed, Joseph Story. ”48 Story took office in 1811 and went on to become a distinguished member of the Court, but Jefferson had been correct in his assessment: The new associate justice was much too close to Chief Justice John Marshall to suit the former president.

In fact, in common with most white Americans of his day, he had little sympathy for that group of “extremists” who through the years made so many historians (none of whom would justify slavery; certainly not) uncomfortable for so long. Many historians—following neo-Confederate interpretations—long treated the abolitionists, rather than Southern extremists who demanded slavery’s expansion, as the villains of the Civil War. Rather, he sought to enhance knowledge and education on the one hand, and on the other, to counter that which he considered to be a “general depravity in behavior that produced men like Jefferson, Jackson, Crawford, Calhoun, and others whom Adams scorned or despised.

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