By Joel H. Silbey

A significant other to the Antebellum Presidents presents a chain of unique essays exploring our ancient figuring out of the position and legacy of the 8 U.S. presidents who served within the major interval among 1837 and the beginning of the Civil warfare in 1861.

  • Explores and evaluates the evolving scholarly reception of Presidents Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan, together with their roles, behaviors, triumphs, and failures
  • Represents the 1st single-volume connection with assemble jointly the historiographic literature at the Antebellum Presidents
  • Brings jointly unique contributions from a group of eminent historians and specialists at the American presidency
  • Reveals insights into presidential management within the sector century best as much as the yankee Civil War
  • Offers clean views into the principally forgotten males who served in the course of the most decisive region centuries of usa history

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New York: Oxford University Press. the political world of the antebellum presidents 35 Carwardine, Richard. 1993. Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America. New Haven: Yale University Press. Collins, Bruce. 1977. “The Ideology of the Ante-bellum Northern Democrats,” Journal of American Studies 11: 103–121. Cooper, William J. 1978. The South and the Politics of Slavery, 1828–1856. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. Cooper, William J. 1983. Liberty and Slavery: Southern Politics to 1860.

Compromise remained possible but the atmosphere remained ominous and unstable (Nevins 1947, 1950; Craven 1953). In the mid-1850s a sharp clarifying explosion occurred, an electoral upheaval that dangerously fueled the sectional impulse beyond anything seen before. The passage of the Democratic-sponsored Kansas-Nebraska bill allowing slavery into areas previously closed to it by earlier congressional compromises led to an increase in the numbers of those opposed to the South’s “peculiar institution” and to the South’s alleged control of American politics.

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