James Buchanan: The biography of the 15th president of the United States and his unpopular legacy (History) (Paperback)

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James Buchanan's book, delve into the tumultuous era of the 15th President of the United States, a man whose leadership during a critical period in American history has left an enduring legacy of debate and scrutiny. James Buchanan's presidency, from 1857 to 1861, was marked by intense political strife and ultimately failed attempts to prevent the outbreak of the Civil War.

Born in 1791, Buchanan's early political career was characterized by his affiliation with different parties, from the Federalists to the Democratic Party. His diplomatic service, including his role as minister to Russia and the United Kingdom, honed his skills in international relations. Buchanan's election as president in 1856 marked a turning point in American politics, as he inherited a deeply divided nation on the brink of war over issues like slavery and states' rights. The book explores Buchanan's complex stance on slavery, his intervention in the Dred Scott case, and his support for pro-slavery policies in Kansas, which further intensified sectional tensions. As a leader who attempted to navigate a deeply divided country, Buchanan's presidency has been widely criticized, with historians often ranking him among the worst U.S. presidents. "James Buchanan: A President Divided" also delves into Buchanan's personal life, including his lifelong bachelorhood, which has sparked debates about his sexual orientation.

His lasting legacy as a leader who failed to prevent the outbreak of the Civil War and the subsequent challenges he faced in reconciling a fractured nation are thoroughly examined.

This biography offers a comprehensive and thought-provoking look at James Buchanan's presidency, providing insights into the complexities of his leadership, the controversies that defined his era, and the lasting impact of his decisions on the United States.

Product Details
ISBN: 9789464901337
ISBN-10: 9464901330
Publisher: United Library
Publication Date: January 13th, 2024
Pages: 104
Language: English
Series: History