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The oddly named president whose shortsightedness and stubbornness fractured the nation and sowed the seeds of civil war
In the summer of 1850, America was at a terrible crossroads. Congress was in an uproar over slavery, and it was not clear if a compromise could be found. In the midst of the debate, President Zachary Taylor suddenly took ill and died. The presidency, and the crisis, now fell to the little-known vice president from upstate New York.
In this eye-opening biography, the legal scholar and historian Paul Finkelman reveals how Millard Fillmore's response to the crisis he inherited set the country on a dangerous path that led to the Civil War. He shows how Fillmore stubbornly catered to the South, alienating his fellow Northerners and creating a fatal rift in the Whig Party, which would soon disappear from American politicsas would Fillmore himself, after failing to regain the White House under the banner of the anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic "Know Nothing" Party.
Though Fillmore did have an eye toward the future, dispatching Commodore Matthew Perry on the famous voyage that opened Japan to the West and on the central issues of the ageimmigration, religious toleration, and most of all slaveryhis myopic vision led to the destruction of his presidency, his party, and ultimately, the Union itself.
|Publisher:||Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.|
|Series:||American Presidents Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Paul Finkelman is the author of Dred Scott v. Sandford: A Brief History and Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson. The author or editor of more than twenty-five books, he is a distinguished professor at Albany Law School and a noted specialist in American legal history, race, and constitutional law. He lives in Slingerlands, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
& not a glowing review of the 13th prez & his shaping the civil war.
This series is well written and is often selected for biography assignments. The books are well researched and at 150-160 pages are an easy read for most high school students. They include a bibliography and index for convenience.
A r quick yet informative read that provides more of the progression and history of slavery during the 1840/50's than it does of the background of Fillmore. The book provides a clear description of why Fillmore is rated as one og the worst Presidents and the sorry state of politics at that time. Clear, concise, and informative...if you are looking for a book that gives a good/brief story of Fillmore and his time then this a good book. If you want detail...no.