Rebellion May 26, 1836     
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John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams. Lithograph published by G. Endicott between 1834 and 1840. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-94849.
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Despite the constraints of the gag rule, one lawmaker -- Congressman and former President John Quincy Adams -- set out to establish clearly the ties between slavery and the Florida conflict. Adams, at least initially, did not try to make the connection out of any strong opposition to the war. As president, in fact, he had supported Indian removal. In 1836, his antagonism was focused on the gag rule itself. Adams would devote the next eight years of his life to overturning the rule, which he considered an attack on civil liberties. The Seminole War proved to be one of the best weapons in his rhetorical arsenal.

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Sources: Miller Arguing 207-9.
Part 2, War: Outline  l  Images
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 Trail Narrative
 + Prologue
 + Background: 1693-1812
 + Early Years: 1812-1832
 - War: 1832-1838
+ Prelude to War
+ Revenge
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Key Actors
Slave Uprising
Army Response
National Mood
Seminole Success
+ Deceit
+ Liberty or Death
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion