President James Monroe

American History Hit

Serving from 1817 to 1825, James Monroe’s presidency was only the fifth presidency of the United States. Monroe’s time in power saw the development of republicanism and the Missouri Compromise of 1820 signalled the growing cracks between north and south.

But this was also the end of an era. Monroe was the final President of the United States to have been a Founding Father.

He was also the last of the three presidents to have died on July 4th. To find out why this was a strangely fitting end to Monroe’s life, Don spoke to Dr. Brook Poston, Associate Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, author of ‘James Monroe: A Republican Champion’ and co-author of ‘Parallel Lives: Romans and the American Founders’.

Produced by Sophie Gee. Edited by Siobhan Dale. Senior Producer was Charlotte Long.

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