James Monroe Reenactor Shares History

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March 17, 2013

President James Monroe speaking to visitors near and far at his home at Ash Lawn-Highland.

The Monroe reenactor gave tours of his home to dozens on this rainy Sunday and explained all the history behind each room and each trinket.

He takes the tour right back to the 1800's. He paid tribute to the Missouri Compromise, the biggest debate in Congress at the time in 1820.

He let visitors know what he thought Congress should do about Missouri joining the union as a slave state.

"As President of the United States, I will do everything I can to stretch the power of the presidency to work with various factions for states rights, slavery and protectionism - so that we can accomplish, what we must accomplish, is a compromise. That's the very heart of the Constitution," he said.

He said in 1820, the country was experiencing the biggest economic depression in history. We asked what advice he has for the 2013 Congress and President Obama about the current recession - watch what he had to say in the second video above.

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