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By Chris West

Observe THE extraordinary tale OF the US via ITS appealing and various POSTAGE STAMPS during this EXUBERANT AND regularly fascinating HISTORY.

In A heritage of the USA in Thirty-six Postage Stamps, Chris West explores America's personal wealthy philatelic background. From George Washington's dour gaze to the charging buffalo of the western frontier and Lindbergh's hovering biplane, American stamps are a vibrant window into our country's impressive and special prior. With the regularly obtainable and lively West as your consultant, notice the impressive breadth of America's brief background via a clean lens.

On their very own, stamps might be curiosities, even inventive marvels; during this ebook, stamps develop into a window into the bigger sweep of background.

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Two family reasons may explain his departure. First, Abigail’s frail health and her dislike for the capital had confined her to Braintree for weeks. Second, on November 30, 1800, their son Charles died at the age of 30 from alcoholism, leaving a wife and two small children. Humiliated by his defeat, embittered by what he saw as Hamilton’s ­dangerous ambition and Jefferson’s deviousness, and heartbroken by his son Charles’s death, Adams spent the first years of his retirement writing his Autobiography, though he never finished it.

Adams rejected the tendency of the first wave of Revolutionary constitution-making to exalt the legislature while cutting back the powers and independence of the executive and ­judiciary. Developing the plan of Thoughts on Government, Adams’s draft established a bicameral legislature, a powerful governor elected by direct popular vote, and an independent judiciary. Following the example of Virginia’s 1776 constitution, Adams prefaced his draft constitution with an elaborate declaration of rights – more accurately, a declaration of right ­principles including provisions recognizing individual rights and defining the citizen’s duties or responsibilities.

Joanne B. Freeman investigated the long series of self-justifying newspaper essays that Adams published between 1809 and 1811 in the Boston Patriot to illuminate “paper war” as a method of political combat in the early Republic (Freeman, 2001a: chs. 3 and 5), and examined the election of 1800 as “an honor dispute of epic proportions” (Freeman, 1999). Andrew S. Trees (2004) analyzed Adams’s struggles with the challenges of creating a constitutional and political order that would sustain the virtue of the people and those whom they chose to lead them.

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