RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 33334757 LA English T1 James Buchanan and the political crisis of the 1850s A1 Birkner, Michael J.,, PB Susquehanna University Press ; Associated University Presses PP Selinsgrove [Pa.]; London YR 1996 SN 094563689X 9780945636892 AB When Buchanan entered the White House in March 1857, he seemed well positioned to accomplish his main objectives. A canny and seasoned politician from Pennsylvania with a reputation for moderation on slavery-related issues, Buchanan had a straightforward agenda: the amelioration of sectional tensions, the promotion of American prosperity, and the extension of the Democrats' control of the federal government. Four years later, Buchanan left Washington convinced that he had done his best and accomplished much. In fact, he left behind a shattered Democratic party, a new Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, and a ruptured Union. Except for a cadre of faithful Pennsylvania friends, Buchanan's reputation lay in ruins. He has consistently been ranked among the least effective presidents in American history.