The Resource Franklin Pierce, Michael F. Holt

Franklin Pierce, Michael F. Holt

Label
Franklin Pierce
Title
Franklin Pierce
Statement of responsibility
Michael F. Holt
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This book tells the story of the genial but troubled New Englander whose single-minded partisan loyalties inflamed the nation's simmering battle over slavery. Charming and handsome, Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire was drafted to break the deadlock of the 1852 Democratic convention. Though he seized the White House in a landslide against the imploding Whig Party, he proved a dismal failure in office. Michael F. Holt, a leading historian of nineteenth-century partisan politics, argues that in the wake of the Whig collapse, Pierce was consumed by an obsessive drive to unify his splintering party rather than the roiling country. He soon began to overreach. Word leaked that Pierce wanted Spain to sell the slave-owning island of Cuba to the United States, rousing sectional divisions. Then he supported repeal of the Missouri Compromise, which limited the expansion of slavery in the west. Violence broke out, and "Bleeding Kansas" spurred the formation of the Republican Party. By the end of his term, Pierce's beloved party had ruptured, and he lost the nomination to James Buchanan. In this incisive account, Holt shows how a flawed leader, so dedicated to his party and ill-suited for the presidency, hastened the approach of the Civil War. - Publisher
  • Creates a solid portrait of both man and President. Pierce, a New Englander known for his charm and good looks, traditionally ranks as one of our nation's worst leaders. Holt does not dispel or challenge any previous assessments but rather tries to explain the pre-Civil War President's actions. Holt's thesis is that Pierce's obsession with the Democratic Party and priority of party over country in the tumultuous 1850s in fact damaged his party and pushed the country more quickly toward war
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Holt, Michael F.
Dewey number
  • 973.6/6092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
E432
LC item number
.H65 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The American presidents series
Series volume
14
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pierce, Franklin
  • Presidents
  • United States
Label
Franklin Pierce, Michael F. Holt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-144) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A precocious start -- War, sectional crisis, and election -- No "timid forebodings of evil from expansion" -- Patronage, policy, and political realignment -- Defeat -- Retirement -- Milestones -- Selected bibliography
Control code
ocn435711537
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xviii, 154 pages
Isbn
9780805087192
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009036425
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)435711537
Label
Franklin Pierce, Michael F. Holt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-144) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A precocious start -- War, sectional crisis, and election -- No "timid forebodings of evil from expansion" -- Patronage, policy, and political realignment -- Defeat -- Retirement -- Milestones -- Selected bibliography
Control code
ocn435711537
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xviii, 154 pages
Isbn
9780805087192
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009036425
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)435711537

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