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Marun Van Buren made his reputation as a shrewd politician in Albany, the state capital of New York, where he organized the first modern political machine. After helping elect Andrew Jackson president, he became Jackson's close adviser, serving as secretary of state and vice president. During his tumultuous presidency, the nation suffered through a deep depression, and disputes about slavery began to divide the country. Van Buren used all his political skills to address these and other problems, but he lacked the personal magnetism of Jackson and was defeated for re-election. He ran and lost in two later presidential elections.

Examines the life of the lawyer politician who became the eighth president of the United States and led the country through its first serious depression.

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Gr 3-6-An attractive, colorful design with lots of space between and around the texts makes these titles useful for report writers. Six to seven chapters, subdivided with bold headings and further broken up with pictures, maps, drawings, and fact boxes, provide clear supplemental material to the basic narratives. A brief "Fast Facts" includes all of the usual appended information: time line, glossary, historic sites, Web sites, and index. Both books have lists for further reading, but no bibliographies. They also include multi-colored tables of all the presidents noting dates of office, birth, and death, and birthplace.-Rita Soltan, Oakland University, Rochester, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780516227702
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Encyclopedia of Presidents Series
  • Pages: 110
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Born Under the American Flag 7
2 Young Politician 17
3 Van Buren in Washington 31
4 Vice President Van Buren 45
5 Eighth President of the United States 57
6 After the Presidency 75
7 Van Buren's Mark on America 89
Presidential Fast Facts 96
First Lady Fast Facts 97
Timeline 98
Glossary 100
Further Reading 101
Places to Visit 102
Online Sites of Interest 103
Table of Presidents 104
Index 108
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