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State of the Union Address   By: (1735-1826)

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State of the Union Address by John Adams is an enlightening and thought-provoking political treatise. As the second President of the United States, Adams skillfully addresses the important issues plaguing the nation in a concise, articulate, and persuasive manner.

Adams begins the address by acknowledging and expressing gratitude for the support and trust bestowed upon him by the American people. He then delves into the state of the country, fearlessly discussing both its triumphs and challenges. Clear and logical in his argumentation, Adams provides well-reasoned explanations to support his policy proposals and decisions.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in Adams' ability to lay out a vision for the future of the United States. He outlines his goals, including the pursuit of peace, fostering commerce and industry, promoting the welfare of citizens, and advancing education. His ideas are visionary, emphasizing the importance of maintaining the nation's independence, strengthening its institutions, and safeguarding its values.

Furthermore, Adams reveals himself as a true statesman, displaying a deep understanding of the complexity of governing a young nation. His insights into the workings of government, the separation of powers, and the balance necessary to maintain a functioning democracy are astute and timely. Adams' commitment to democracy and the rule of law shines through in every word, reminding readers of the principles that underpin the American system of governance.

State of the Union Address also serves as a historical snapshot, inviting readers to reflect on the challenges faced by the nation at the time. Adams discusses foreign relations, the threat of war, expansionism, and the need to protect American interests from outside interference. This makes the book not only a political document but also a captivating window into the realities of the late 18th century.

While some sections of the book might seem less relevant to a modern audience, Adams' ability to articulate complex issues and his foresight to propose solutions make it a valuable read even today. Moreover, his eloquent and structured prose style adds to the pleasure of reading, showcasing his skill as a writer and orator.

In conclusion, State of the Union Address by John Adams is a brilliant work that showcases the intellect, vision, and leadership of one of America's founding fathers. Adams' ability to address pressing issues of his time with clarity, conviction, and moral compass is commendable. Whether a student of history, a lover of politics, or simply curious about the origins of American democracy, this book is a must-read.

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Dates of addresses by John Adams in this eBook: November 22, 1797 December 8, 1798 December 3, 1799 November 11, 1800

State of the Union Address John Adams November 22, 1797

Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives:

I was for some time apprehensive that it would be necessary, on account of the contagious sickness which afflicted the city of Philadelphia, to convene the National Legislature at some other place. This measure it was desirable to avoid, because it would occasion much public inconvenience and a considerable public expense and add to the calamities of the inhabitants of this city, whose sufferings must have excited the sympathy of all their fellow citizens. Therefore, after taking measures to ascertain the state and decline of the sickness, I postponed my determination, having hopes, now happily realized, that, without hazard to the lives or health of the members, Congress might assemble at this place, where it was next by law to meet. I submit, however, to your consideration whether a power to postpone the meeting of Congress, without passing the time fixed by the Constitution upon such occasions, would not be a useful amendment to the law of 1794... Continue reading book >>

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