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President James Buchanan, a biography

Author: Philip Shriver Klein
Publisher: University Park, Pennsylvania : Pennsylvania State University Press ©1962.
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The life of James Buchanan is in essence the story of a man who declined to be a dictator. Republics are traditionally ungrateful, and in Buchanan's case the American republic has been notoriously thankless to the man who was, from log cabin to White House, the relentless foe of fanatics and demagogues; a man who held that reason and restraint were the essential tools of self-government, and who bent all his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Klein, Philip Shriver, 1909-1993.
President James Buchanan, a biography.
University Park, Pennsylvania State University Press [1962]
(OCoLC)560320917
Named Person: James Buchanan; James Buchanan; James Buchanan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Shriver Klein
ISBN: 0271730935 9780271730936
OCLC Number: 426285
Description: xviii, 506 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface. Prologue. 1. Pennsylvania Pioneer (1783-1809). Wagons in the wilderness --
Mercersburg --
Dickinson College. 2. Preface to Politics (1809-1829). Country lawyer --
State Assemblyman --
Counsel for the defense. 3. Birth of a Bachelor (1819-1820). Ann Coleman --
Flight to politics --
The Seventeenth Congress. 4. The Kingmaker (1821-1827). The Calhoun band wagon --
Three cheers for Old Hickory --
The disputed election of 1824 --
Buchanan's amalgamation party --
Bargain and sale. 5. Farewell to Federalism (1828-1832). The Buchanan-Jackson Party --
The fight for the spoils --
The culmination of a congressional career. 6. Reluctant Diplomate (1831-1833). The politics of the Russian mission --
St. Petersburg --
The conclusion of the mission. 7. Days of Decision (1833-1834). Return from Russia --
Demoralized Democrats --
Senator Buchanan. 8. The Gentleman from Pennsylvania (1835-1837). The wolves and the mules --
The election of 1836 --
Relations with Van Buren. 9. The Root of All Evil (1837-1840). The Second Bank of the United States --
Buchanan and the Subtreasury Bill --
The role of the rich uncle. 10. Wise as The Serpent (1838-1841). Trial balloon --
The Whigs attack --
A regular Chinese puzzle. 11. This I Believe (1834-1845). The creed of a conservative --
Foreign affairs --
Expansion and slavery. 12. An Office Not to Be Sought (1844). No peace for Pennsylvania --
The Democratic nomination of 1844 --
Red herring. 13. Politics Under Polk (1845-1846). The State Department --
The perils of the patronage --
The Walker-McKay Tariff. 14. Conquering a Continent (1845-1849). Texas --
Oregon --
Mexico --
The life of a galley slave --
15. Still Hunt for The Presidency (1848). Recipe for political pie --
Disciplining Democrats --
Convention blues. 16. The Sage of Wheatland (1849-1852). Country squire --
The Compromise of 1850 - The band wagon rolls again. 17. A Mission Foredoomed (1852-1854). Advice and dissent --
The man who was ordered to fail --
The court of St. James --
The Caribbean crisis. 18. Playing the Old Trouper (1854-1856). Cuba-Pearl of the Antilles --
An unthinkable war --
Dear Miss Lane. 19. The Right Man for the Times (1856). The shape of things to come --
The people's choice --
Conservatives to the rescue. 20. Charting the Course (1856-1857). A national and conservative government --
Union above section, party above faction --
"I do solemnly swear". 21. The President's Family (1857). Bachelor in the White House --
The captain and the crew --
Payday for politicians --
The Old Chief. 22. Kansas - A Tragedy of Errors (1854-1857). Crisis in Kansas --
A governor of national stature --
Popular sovereignty in action. 23. Lecompton-Pyrrhic Victory (1858). "By God, Sir, Andrew Jackson Is Dead!" --
"I Acknowledge No Master but the Law" --
Drive this bill "naked" through the House. 24. A Flood of Innovations (1857-1860). 25. Chaos at Charleston (1860). A fatal feud --
The loneliest job in the world --
Downgrading the presidency --
Democracy dividing. 26. Mr. Lincoln Is Elected (1860). War on the White House --
How to stop Lincoln --
Imperial visitors --
The election of 1860. 27. The Impending Crisis (1860). Spotlight on Charleston --
Strategy and tactics --
The president proposes --
A challenge to Mr. Lincoln. 28. Cursed are the Peacemakers (1860). "We will hold the forts" --
Swiftly changing circumstances --
The cabinet explodes --
"Mr. Lincoln, Will You Help?". 29. Forty Days and Forty Nights (1861). The star of the West --
What will Congress do? --
A temporary truce --
The final effort. 30. On the Rock of St. Helena (1861-1868). The old public functionary --
President Lincoln's policy --
The making of a myth --
Mr. Buchanan's book --
Old Man Democrat --
The road home. Notes. Bibliography. Index.
Responsibility: Philip Shriver Klein.
Local System Bib Number:
1610475867688_328808

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The life of James Buchanan is in essence the story of a man who declined to be a dictator. Republics are traditionally ungrateful, and in Buchanan's case the American republic has been notoriously thankless to the man who was, from log cabin to White House, the relentless foe of fanatics and demagogues; a man who held that reason and restraint were the essential tools of self-government, and who bent all his energies to achieve by means of law and diplomacy what others later sought to accomplish by civil war. -- goodreads.com
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