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John Quincy Adams

Out of Africa and Into the West (Guest Post by Sara Georgini)

Editor’s Note: This is the last of four biweekly guest posts by Sara Georgini. — Ben Alpers Rain hammered his manuscript. Ink pooled over the words that a weary John Quincy Adams, 76, had polished at four o’clock in the morning for his Cincinnati crowd. In a lifetime of travel, this had been a particularly tough trip for the ex-president to make. Leaving Boston in late fall, Adams looped west through Albany and Buffalo. Snow crusted the rails near Utica. Hail kicked at his train window. Icy wheels skidded along the patches of newish track; he ticked off miles in Read more