| This Country of Ours|
|by H. E. Marshall|
|Stories from the history of the United States beginning with a full account of exploration and settlement and ending with the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. The 99 chapters are grouped under 7 headings: Stories of Explorers and Pioneers, Stories of Virginia, Stories of New England, Stories of the Middle and Southern Colonies, Stories of the French in America, Stories of the Struggle for Liberty, and Stories of the United States under the Constitution. Ages 10-14 |
ADAMS—THE TARIFF OF ABOMINATIONS
 IN 1825 Monroe's term of office came to an end and John Quincy
Adams became President. He was the son of John Adams who had been
second President, and he had been Secretary of State to Monroe. It
was said, indeed, that it was really he who originated the famous
Doctrine which came to be called by Monroe's name.
He was an honest man and a statesman. He refused to give offices
to his friends just because they were his friends, and he refused
to turn men out of office simply because they did not agree with
him in politics. He wanted to do what was right and just. But he
did it from a cold sense of duty. So no one liked him very much.
Both House and Senate were against him, and he was not able to do
all he would have done for his country.
Adams wanted to do a great deal towards improving the country.
He wanted canals to be cut. And as the steam engine had just been
discovered, he was eager to have railroads and bridges. But Congress
would not help him.
Still, much was done in this direction. Several canals were cut;
railroads began to be built, and the rivers were covered with
Manufacturers also began to flourish. For during the 1812 war
it had been very difficult to get manufactured goods from foreign
countries. So Americans had begun to make these things for themselves.
And after the war was over, they went on manufacturing them. At length
people began to be proud of using only
 American made things. And
when Adams was inaugurated everything he wore had been manufactured
in the States.
The factories were for the most part in the North, and soon the
Northerners began to clamour for duties on imported goods. They
wanted to keep out foreign goods, or at least make them so dear
that it would pay people to buy American made goods.
But the people in the South who did not manufacture things themselves
wanted the duties to be kept low. However the manufacturers won
the day, and twice during Adams' presidency bills were passed, by
which the tariff was made higher. The second bill made the duties
so high that many people were very angry and called it the "tariff
of abominations." In the South, indeed many people were so angry
that they swore never to buy anything from the North until the
tariff was made lower. Thus once again North and South were pulling
Adams would willingly have been President for a second term. But
in spite of his honesty and his upright dealings no one liked him.
So he was not re-elected.
When he ceased to be President, however, he did not cease to take
an interest in politics, and for many years after he was a member
of Congress, where he did good service to his country.
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