Chapter 7: The Improvers (Part 1: Sec I-III) :: What Hath God Wrought by Daniel Walker Howe

The American Early Republic and Frontier Era HistoryThought Questions

  • Describe the United States in 1826. What transformations had occurred since 1776?
  • Describe Continental Western Europe in 1826. What transformations had occurred since 1776?
  • Describe the British Empire in 1826. What transformations had occurred since 1776?

John Quincy Adams

  • Describe the Russian Empire in 1826. What transformations had occurred since 1776?
  • Compare and Contrast the transformations that occurred between 1776 and 1826 in Continental Western Europe, the British Empire, the Russian Empire and the United States
  • Explain and Expand: “Is it the Fourth?”
  • Explain and Expand: “Thomas Jefferson still survives”
  • Explain and Expand: “visible and palpable mark of Divine favor”
  • Who was Charles Carroll in 1776? Who was Charles Carroll in 1826?
  • Explain and Expand: “The deceased patriarchs had been obvious examples of the talent and virtue that the Founders believed should characterize leadership in a republic. But they were also examples of personal improvement.”
  • React and Respond: “Adams interpreted the Constitution as defining duties as well as rights. He had a positive rather than a negative conception of liberty; freedom properly exercised was not simply a limitation on authority but an empowering of human initiative.”

Louisa Adams

  • Describe the Presidency of John Quincy Adams
  • Politically and Culturally Compare and Contrast: John Adams with his son John Quincy Adams
  • Politically and Culturally Compare and Contrast: Abigail Adams with his son Louisa Adams
  • What was the “Era of Good Feelings” and how was it a 
  • transitional period in American History?
  • Describe the election of 1824
  • Explain and Expand: “The president’s vision of expanded American commerce did not stop at the water’s edge.”
  • Describe the vision John Quincy Adams sets forth in his First Annual Message (State of the Union Address)
  • Explain and Expand: “”The president had been trying to use patronage to win over critics rather than to reward friends, but his policy had not proved effective.”
  • What was the significance and symbolism of Adams’ “Report on Weights and Measures”?
  • Describe the evolution of Adams’ vision for the United States in his Annual Messages
  • Explain and Expand: “The president’s grand program for economic development was by no means the only serious challenge he faced.”
  • What challenges did the Adams’ administration face in foreign policy? How did the presence of Andrew Jackson impact these challenges?
  • What challenges did the Adams’ administration face in Indian Affairs? How did the presence of Andrew Jackson impact these challenges?
  • Explain and Expand: “
  • What was the Treaty of Córdoba?
  • How did Mexican independence impact the relationship between the United States and Spain?

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