Harlow Giles Unger


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August 03, 1931

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A former Distinguished Visiting Fellow in American History at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Harlow Giles Unger is a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian.

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John Quincy Adams

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The Last Founding Father: J...

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Lafayette

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Lion of Liberty: The Life a...

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American Tempest: How the B...

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John Marshall: The Supreme ...

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Henry Clay: America's Great...

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Thomas Paine and the Clario...

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Dr. Benjamin Rush: The Foun...

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“He believed the future of the nation was at stake, and he returned day after day to fight his war against the “slaveocracy.” And Quincy voters sent him back to Congress again and again. Louisa fretted about his health and safety, but she had lost all influence over him and could do nothing to restrain him. He was unstoppable—a meteor spiraling out of control in the political firmament.”
Harlow Giles Unger, John Quincy Adams

“Elected fifth president of the United States, Monroe transformed a fragile little nation - "a savage wilderness," as Edmund Burke put it - into "a glorious empire." Although George Washington had won the nation's independence, he bequeathed a relatively small country, rent by political factions, beset by foreign enemies, populated by a largely unskilled, unpropertied people, and ruled by oligarchs who controlled most of the nation's land and wealth. Washington's three successors - John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison - were mere caretaker presidents who left the nation bankrupt, its people deeply divided, its borders under attack, its capital city in ashes.”
Harlow Giles Unger, The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness

“Contrary to the writings of some historians, Monroe's proclamation was entirely his own creation-not Adam's. The assertion that Adams authored the "Monroe Doctrine" is not only untrue, it borders on the ludicrous by implying that President Monroe was little more than a puppet manipulated by another's hand. Such assertions show little insight into the presidency itself and the type of man who aspires to and assumes that office; indeed, they denigrate the character, the intellect, the intensity and the sense of power that drive American presidents.”
Harlow Giles Unger, The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness



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