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Millard Fillmore

Author: Paul Finkelman
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2011.
Series: American presidents series (Times Books (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Overview: 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Millard Fillmore; Millard Fillmore
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Finkelman
ISBN: 9780805087154 080508715X
OCLC Number: 678924746
Description: xviii, 171 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Portrait of a young man from nowhere --
Texas, Mexico, and the vice presidency --
A heartbeat away --
The new president --
Manifest destiny and a Whig presidency --
A compromised presidency --
Defeat, failed resurrection, and retirement.
Series Title: American presidents series (Times Books (Firm))
Responsibility: Paul Finkelman.
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In this eye-opening biography, the legal scholar and historian Finkelman reveals how Millard Fillmore's response to the crisis he inherited in 1850 set the country on a dangerous path that led to the  Read more...

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"Finkelman has delivered an unvarnished but compelling portrait of one of our least remembered but far from insignificant presidents."--"Wall Street Journal"

 
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