Franklin Pierce (American Presidents Series) / Edition 1

Franklin Pierce (American Presidents Series) / Edition 1

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by Michael F. Holt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805087192

ISBN-13: 9780805087192

Pub. Date: 03/30/2010

Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805087192
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/30/2010
Series:
American Presidents Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
163,037
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Editor's Note,
Preface,
1. A Precocious Start,
2. War, Sectional Crisis, and Election,
3. No "Timid Forebodings of Evil from Expansion",
4. Patronage, Policy, and political Realignment,
5. Defeat,
6. Retirement,
Milestones,
Selected Bibliography,
Index,

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Franklin Pierce (American Presidents Series) 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Schantz More than 1 year ago
After reading about this president on Wikipedia, I became intrigued about his biography. This book was very informative and detailed about the Pierce's life. This was man who experienced many heartbreaks such as the death of all his children (while they were young and all of these deaths took place before he became president). The most recent death was of the only child who lived to be 12 and was killed a few weeks before Pierce was inaugurated. From the get-go his presidency was doomed because of the slavery issue and as a result he would serve only one-term. He was never able to solve the slavery dilemma without alienating his own party as well the country itself. Sadly, he has been rated as one of the worse president in history simply because he was seen as too accomodating to both sides of the issue because he didnt want to see a civil war break out by outright outlawing slavery. With every new territory that would join the country during his short time in office, disputes broke out over whether they would be slave or free states. In the end, his own party would discard him in favor of James Buchanan (who would suffer the same fate as Pierce four years later). The book did a great job of explaining his life, his presidency, and they way he conducted himself as a man. It was a short but good read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry for being in school and sports okay? I cant be on 24/7 im sorry