Considered a failure upon leaving the White House in 1857
and thought to be on his way to a well-deserved obscurity,
Franklin Pierce during the Civil War emerged as a major spokesman for that era's Peace Democrats, opposed to
President Lincoln's suspension of the writ of habeas corpus and in defense of civil liberties.
A Northerner with many close Southern friends, including
Jefferson Davis the president of the Confederacy and his wife,
Varina Davis, Pierce was also thought to be a traitor because of such ties and was at one point nearly arrested for suspected seditious behavior.
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I think this book is a great idea--to look at a president who is little talked about, and if at all, in a negative way, and explore not only his particular take on the events of his day, but how he was in many ways a most misunderstood chief executive. The author documents in particular Pierce's many controversial stands and actions during the Civil War, and does so in a way that makes you feel that Pierce was a good man, trying to defend constitutional liberties in the forbidding atmosphere of war-time America.