1758 - 1831
To what, then, do we owe these blessings? It is known to all that we derive them from the excellence of our institutions. Ought we not, then, to adopt every measure which may be necessary to perpetuate them? Seventh Annual Message (Monroe Doctrine)
James Monroe was the last American President of the “Virginia Dynasty”—of the first five men who held that position, four hailed from Virginia. Monroe also had a long and distinguished public career as a soldier, diplomat, governor, senator, and cabinet official. His presidency, which began in 1817 and lasted until 1825, encompassed what came to be called the "Era of Good Feelings." One of his lasting achievements was the Monroe Doctrine, which became a major tenet of U.S. foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere.
US Presidents and Slavery
Before the Civil War, many US presidents, including Monroe, owned enslaved people, and all of them had to deal with slavery as a political issue
A Virginia dynasty?
Daniel F. Preston, the editor of The Papers of James Monroe at the University of Mary Washington, spoke about the presidency of Monroe and the elections of 1816 and 1820
God, the founding fathers, and the making of a nation
Jon Meacham discusses America's ongoing struggle between politics and religion and looks at how our founding fathers' views on faith shaped religion's place in American public life