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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) To the Inhabitants of the 12th Congressional District of Massachusetts

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00639.05 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 March 1837 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses the attempts to censure Adams' conduct through the "Gag Rule," the machinations of House Speaker Polk ,and attempts to expel Adams.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Slavery, President, Congress, African American History, Law, Government and Civics, Abolition, US Constitution, Civil Rights

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery The First Age of Reform