Download PDF by Max J. Skidmore: After the White House: Former Presidents as Private Citizens

By Max J. Skidmore

ISBN-10: 0312295596

ISBN-13: 9780312295592

Hat do you do with your self after preserving the main strong place of work on the planet? a comparatively younger guy, invoice Clinton most likely has many years yet to come up along with his personal solutions to this query. After the White home is the 1st publication 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 changing 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 whilst political opponents succeeded them (like Hoover in the course of FDR's terms). wealthy with anecdotes, After the White condominium offers an enjoyable and special per-spec-tive at the lives of presidents.

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Upon his departure from the presidency, however, like his predecessors he turned his attention initially to home and agriculture. This, of course, was to have been expected. Congress provided former presidents with no support, and Madison had to make a living. Moreover, like Jefferson he had always identified the good life with the soil. ”7 Returning to rural life did not prevent Madison from keeping in close touch with public affairs. 8 JAMES MADISON AND JAMES MONROE 31 Adams had returned to New England to his Massachusetts farm.

Despite his pleasure at being elected to Congress, Adams soon discovered that Southern recalcitrance was reminiscent of the frustrations of his presidency. This did not stop him from vigorous participation in House debates, where he was sharptongued and quick-witted. He warned over and over against sectionalism and the dangers of nullification. But it took its toll. 12 On the way back to Washington in November, his train derailed in New Jersey, and Adams was nearly killed. ”13 His despair continued, made worse by John’s death, until he had to admit that he must depend upon his remaining son, Charles Francis, to manage his financial affairs.

Sadly, Madison’s effort reflected his assumption—shared by most of those in the JAMES MADISON AND JAMES MONROE 33 South and many of those outside—that blacks could never live in a predominantly white society on a basis of equality. 19 An English visitor, writer and social critic, Harriet Martineau, stopped at Montpelier in February 1835 to see the diminutive former president, who by then was in his 80s. She was struck by the intellect and energy of this small man who had been born a decade before the reign of George III and was still living near the end of Andrew Jackson’s presidency.

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