John Quincy Adams

- Speech name: Speech to the U.S. House of Representatives on Foreign Policy

- Date delivered: July 4, 1821

John Quincy Adams’ most referenced speech was actually delivered when he served as the secretary of state, not the U.S. president. He praised America’s dedication to freedom and peace—not just her own, but of those around the world. “She goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.” Considered to be, at best, ineffective and at worst, a failure, Adams’ legacy is defined more so by his diplomatic success before and after his presidency—including his facilitation of America’s expansion west to the Pacific, and his vocal opposition to slavery—than his time in office. Content Exchange

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