The Presidency of Franklin Pierce

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"This detailed, insightful, and unsparing study of Franklin Pierce's storm-tossed presidency sharpens our understanding of one of the most crucial chapters in American history. Drawing upon his own original research and a sophisticated examination of the rich secondary literature on the troubled 1850s, Gara has produced a book of genuine interest to specialists and general readers alike."—Richard H. Sewell, author of Ballots for Freedom: Antislavery Politics in the United States, 1837-1860.

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Overview

"This detailed, insightful, and unsparing study of Franklin Pierce's storm-tossed presidency sharpens our understanding of one of the most crucial chapters in American history. Drawing upon his own original research and a sophisticated examination of the rich secondary literature on the troubled 1850s, Gara has produced a book of genuine interest to specialists and general readers alike."—Richard H. Sewell, author of Ballots for Freedom: Antislavery Politics in the United States, 1837-1860.

"Gara's portrayal of Franklin Pierce as a tragic and complex figure is skillfully done. His major contribution, however, lies in his analysis of American politics and foreign policy during the 1850s. Especially compelling is his analysis of 'young America's' obsession with Central American and the Caribbean—an obsession that not only illuminates our past and our present, but, God forbid, our future."—Richard O. Curry, author of The Border States during Reconstruction

Author Biography: Larry Gara is professor of history and chair of the Department of History at Wilmington College, Ohio. His books include The Liberty Line: The Legend of the Underground Railroad, and Westernized Yankee: The Story of Cyrus Woodman.

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Gara shows Pierce as a personable politician of limited ability who lacked the vision and leadership necessary to master the events of his time. There is no comparable previous study.
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Franklin Pierce (1804-1869, president from 1853-1857), was one of the least known, least liked, and least successful presidents in American history. In this study of his administration, historian Gara makes no attempt to revive Pierce's reputation. Instead he provides a clear analysis of Pierce's shortcomings and his few successes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700604944
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 6/28/1991
  • Series: American Presidency Series
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 550,963
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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