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Franklin Pierce

1st ed.
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This edition was published in by Times Books/Henry Holt and Co. in New York.

Written in English

154 pages

Creates a solid portrait of both man and President. Pierce, a New Englander known for his charm and good looks, traditionally ranks as one of our nation's worst leaders. Holt does not dispel or challenge any previous assessments but rather tries to explain the pre-Civil War President's actions. Holt's thesis is that Pierce's obsession with the Democratic Party and priority of party over country in the tumultuous 1850s in fact damaged his party and pushed the country more quickly toward war.

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Franklin Pierce

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Work Description

This book tells the story of the genial but troubled New Englander whose single-minded partisan loyalties inflamed the nation's simmering battle over slavery. Charming and handsome, Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire was drafted to break the deadlock of the 1852 Democratic convention. Though he seized the White House in a landslide against the imploding Whig Party, he proved a dismal failure in office. Michael F. Holt, a leading historian of nineteenth-century partisan politics, argues that in the wake of the Whig collapse, Pierce was consumed by an obsessive drive to unify his splintering party rather than the roiling country. He soon began to overreach. Word leaked that Pierce wanted Spain to sell the slave-owning island of Cuba to the United States, rousing sectional divisions. Then he supported repeal of the Missouri Compromise, which limited the expansion of slavery in the west. Violence broke out, and "Bleeding Kansas" spurred the formation of the Republican Party. By the end of his term, Pierce's beloved party had ruptured, and he lost the nomination to James Buchanan. In this incisive account, Holt shows how a flawed leader, so dedicated to his party and ill-suited for the presidency, hastened the approach of the Civil War. - Publisher.

Franklin Pierce

1st ed.

This edition was published in by Times Books/Henry Holt and Co. in New York.


Edition Description

Creates a solid portrait of both man and President. Pierce, a New Englander known for his charm and good looks, traditionally ranks as one of our nation's worst leaders. Holt does not dispel or challenge any previous assessments but rather tries to explain the pre-Civil War President's actions. Holt's thesis is that Pierce's obsession with the Democratic Party and priority of party over country in the tumultuous 1850s in fact damaged his party and pushed the country more quickly toward war.

Table of Contents

A precocious start
War, sectional crisis, and election
No "timid forebodings of evil from expansion"
Patronage, policy, and political realignment
Defeat
Retirement
Milestones
Selected bibliography

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [141]-144) and index.

Series
The American presidents series -- 14

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
973.6/6092, B
Library of Congress
E432 .H65 2010, E432.H65 2010

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
xviii, 154 p.
Number of pages
154
Dimensions
22 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24520485M
ISBN 10
0805087192
ISBN 13
9780805087192
LC Control Number
2009036425
OCLC/WorldCat
435711537

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