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The Resource James Buchanan, Jean H. Baker

James Buchanan, Jean H. Baker

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James Buchanan
Title
James Buchanan
Statement of responsibility
Jean H. Baker
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
Few politicians came to the White House with as stellar a resume as James Buchanan. In a career spanning more than forty years, he served in the Pennsylvania state legislature, the House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate; he was secretary of state and minister to Great Britain; he was even offered a seat on the Supreme Court. His election in 1856 seemed to hold out some hope for bridging the growing chasm between North and South, for he was a northerner who sympathized with the political claims of his southern compatriots. The hope was that Buchanan would draw on the experience of his long years in public service to reach out to both sides and pull the nation back from the brink. But, as [the author] shows in this portrait of our fifteenth president, Buchanan succeeded only in fanning the flames of disunion, allowing his southern sympathies to blind him to the grim consequences for the nation, making the Civil War all but inevitable. While he had served his nation well in subordinate positions, as a leader Buchanan displayed a pronounced inability to compromise, while offering no creative vision to solve the implacable conflicts tearing the country apart. [In this book, the author] also demonstrated how Buchanan's personality played a critical role in why he failed so abysmally as the nation's leader. The only president never to have married, Buchanan led a circumscribed and lonely emotional life, turning often to his cabinet members and political advisers for social companionship, which in turn meant that he lacked the emotional distance to say no to them when their advice was ill-considered. By the time Buchanan's term ended in 1861, the split in the country had widened into secession and near rebellion, and the president's refusal to take action to preserve the union during his last months in office made a bad situation incalculably worse. It would take the greatness of Abraham Lincoln and four years of civil war to bind the wounds that had festered during Buchanan's presidency. For Americans today, he offers an object lesson in how not to exercise power in times of crisis.-Dust jacket
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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Baker, Jean H
Dewey number
  • 973.6/8/092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E437
LC item number
.B35 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The American presidents
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  • Buchanan, James
  • Presidents
  • United States
Label
James Buchanan, Jean H. Baker
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-161) and index
Contents
Ascension - from Stony Batter to the Cabinet, 1791-1848 -- Wheatland to the White House, 1849-1856 -- The Buchanan Presidency - Theory and Practice -- Appeasing the South: The Final Months of the Buchanan Presidency
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xviii, 172 p.
Isbn
9780805069464
Lccn
2003056938
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)ocm53939621
Label
James Buchanan, Jean H. Baker
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-161) and index
Contents
Ascension - from Stony Batter to the Cabinet, 1791-1848 -- Wheatland to the White House, 1849-1856 -- The Buchanan Presidency - Theory and Practice -- Appeasing the South: The Final Months of the Buchanan Presidency
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xviii, 172 p.
Isbn
9780805069464
Lccn
2003056938
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)ocm53939621

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