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The Presidency of James Buchanan

Author: Elbert B Smith
Publisher: Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, [1975]
Series: American presidency series.
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This book offers conclusions that are very different from most of the traditional historical interpretations of the Buchanan presidency. Historians have either condemned Buchanan for weakness and vacillation or portrayed him as a president dedicated to peace who did everything constitutionally possible to avoid war. Under the scrutiny of Elbert B. Smith, Buchanan emerges as a strong figure who made vital  Read more...
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Smith, Elbert B.
Presidency of James Buchanan.
Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, [1975]
(OCoLC)707604353
Named Person: James Buchanan; James Buchanan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elbert B Smith
ISBN: 0700601325 9780700601325
OCLC Number: 1119885
Description: xiii, 225 pages, [1] leaf of plates : portrait ; 25 cm.
Contents: The uneasy republic --
The president --
The administration --
Allies: the president and the court --
Kansas --
Sequel to Kansas: Douglas versus Lincoln --
Economics and ideology --
Lamb, lion, or fox? --
"Whom the gods would destroy" --
To rule or ruin --
The uncertain verdict --
Secession --
The peacemakers --
The ordeal --
Epilogue.
Series Title: American presidency series.
Responsibility: by Elbert B. Smith.

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This book offers conclusions that are very different from most of the traditional historical interpretations of the Buchanan presidency. Historians have either condemned Buchanan for weakness and vacillation or portrayed him as a president dedicated to peace who did everything constitutionally possible to avoid war. Under the scrutiny of Elbert B. Smith, Buchanan emerges as a strong figure who made vital contributions not to peace but to the accelerating animosities that produced the war.

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