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James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War

Michael J. Birkner and John W. Quist


As James Buchanan took office in 1857 the United States stood at a crossroads. A potential Union-breaking presidential election result had been averted. The Democratic Party maintained its control of the federal government and the nation watched to see whether Pennsylvania’s first president could make good on his promise to calm sectional tensions. It was not to be, as Buchanan’s presidency concluded with the breakup of the Union. Because historians agree that Buchanan caused many of his own troubles, beginning with his rigidly pro-southern policy on the admission of Kansas to the Union, he ha ... More

Keywords: James Buchanan, Secession, Dred Scott, Utah War, Kansas-Nebraska Act, Foreign Policy, Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780813044262
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813044262.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Birkner, editor

John W. Quist, editor

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