James Traub on "John Quincy Adams' War on Slavery
New York University’s College of Arts and Science will hosted James Traub for “John Quincy Adams’ War on Slavery,” a public lecture, on Mon., April 18, 5:30 p.m. in NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science.
Traub, a senior fellow at NYU’s Center on International Cooperation and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, is the author of the recently released John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit (Basic Books). Adams, our 6th president, spent the last decade of his life fighting what he called “the slavocracy” in the U.S. Congress. Adams almost single handedly ended the “gag rule” prohibiting debate on slavery in the House. One Virginia Congressman ruefully called him “the acutest, the astutest, the archest enemy of Southern slavery that ever existed.”
Traub has written extensively about international affairs and especially the United Nations, as well as national politics, urban affairs, and education. His weekly column on foreign policy, “Terms of Engagement,” appears on foreignpolicy.com, the website of Foreign Policy magazine. His previous books include: The Freedom Agenda: Why America Must Spread Democracy (Just Not The Way George Bush Did) and The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and The UN in The Era of American World Power.