James Monroe was the 5th President of the United States of America. Known in particular as a great diplomat – he was ambassador, Senator and Secretary of State before being elected – Monroe led America during a time known as the “Era of Good Feelings”. In spite of the relative prosperity of these years, Monroe had to deal with tensions between the North and South over slavery, the fallout of which would eventually lead to the American Civil War. In just 50 minutes, you will learn about Monroe’s rise to the highest office in the country and understand the enduring impact of his domestic and foreign policy decisions.
This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the key moments in Monroe’s illustrious political career, including the Florida Purchase, the Missouri Compromise and the Monroe Doctrine. It also features a full biography, a valuable introduction to the political, social and economic context and an evaluation of the impact of Monroe’s presidency, giving you all the essential information about this key figure of early US history.
About James Monroe
James Monroe was born on 28 April 1758 in Virginia. Both of his parents died when he was still young, and so he was taken in by his uncle and sent to study at the College of William and Mary. However, his education was cut short by the outbreak of the American Revolution in April 1775. The young Monroe joined the Continental Army and fought for his country’s independence, which is where he made several connections that would prove to play a significant part in his political career.
This clear and accessible 41-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to James Monroe
- Biography of James Monroe
- A heroic youth
- Early political career in Virginia and Europe
- From Secretary of State to President
- Political, social and economic context
- The birth of the United States of America
- An economy based on slavery
- The Era of Good Feelings
- The First Seminole War and the Florida Purchase
- The Missouri Compromise
- The Monroe Doctrine
- Impact of James Monroe’s presidency
- The birth of a giant
- Feet of clay
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