Presidents from Taylor through Grant, 1849-1877: Debating the Issues in Pro and Con Primary Documents by Jeffrey W. Coker, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Presidents from Taylor through Grant, 1849-1877: Debating the Issues in Pro and Con Primary Documents

Presidents from Taylor through Grant, 1849-1877: Debating the Issues in Pro and Con Primary Documents

by Jeffrey W. Coker
     
 

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The years 1849-1877 were among the most pivotal in the nation's history. Over the course of three decades, the United States endured a catastrophic civil war, abolished slavery, expanded westward and added eight states to the Union, and witnessed the beginnings of industrialization. In politics, the era saw the demise of one national party, the birth of another,

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The years 1849-1877 were among the most pivotal in the nation's history. Over the course of three decades, the United States endured a catastrophic civil war, abolished slavery, expanded westward and added eight states to the Union, and witnessed the beginnings of industrialization. In politics, the era saw the demise of one national party, the birth of another, and the historic leadership of Abraham Lincoln. The country also faced difficult questions of state sovereignty and federal responsibility answered ultimately by secession and war. In short, it was a time of growth, consolidation, tragedy, and triumph for a dynamic and youthful nation. This resource of primary documents and commentary covers the Taylor through Grant administrations by selecting and describing five to ten of the foremost issues of the day and showing the actual text of the president's position along with the opposing viewpoint.

The presidents from 1849-1877 were men of varied backgrounds and talents. Northerners and Southerners and even Northerners with Southern sensibilities occupied the White House. The period began and ended with war heroes as presidents; among the other men who served as president were a former textile worker, a country lawyer, and lifelong diplomat. Most of the chief executives struggled and perhaps even failed to overcome the immense challenges placed before them. By providing helpful background information and commentary about the presidents and the issues of the day in addition to the primary sources, this reference guide accurately depicts this fractious time in the country's past and provides an invaluable resources to any student of American history.

Editorial Reviews

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Coker (history, Belmont U.) presents a collection of primary historical documents chosen to illustrate the debates between American presidents and policy opponents. Each president from Zachary Taylor to Ulysses Grant is provided with his own chapter, which are further subdivided into issues that were important to that presidency. Considering the time period examined, it is no surprise that issues of slavery, territorial expansion, Indian removal, and war dominate the proceedings. For the most part opposition speeches and letters are drawn from the ranks of government, with notable exceptions including the respective reactions of Chief Seattle and Frederick Douglass to Indian removal and the Dred Scott decision. Each chapter provides biographical and other information on the president in focus. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313315510
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2002
Series:
The President's Position: Debating the Issues
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1190L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

JEFFREY W. COKER is Assistant Professor of History at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he teaches courses in United States history with an emphasis on biography. He holds a Ph.D. from Ohio University and the Contemporary History Institute.

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