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The Resource Millard Fillmore, Paul Finkelman

Millard Fillmore, Paul Finkelman

Label
Millard Fillmore
Title
Millard Fillmore
Statement of responsibility
Paul Finkelman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Overview: The oddly named president whose shortsightedness and stubbornness fractured the nation and sowed the seeds of civil war. In the summer of 1850, America was at a terrible crossroads. Congress was in an uproar over slavery, and it was not clear if a compromise could be found. In the midst of the debate, President Zachary Taylor suddenly took ill and died. The presidency, and the crisis, now fell to the little-known vice president from upstate New York. In this eye-opening biography, the legal scholar and historian Paul Finkelman reveals how Millard Fillmore's response to the crisis he inherited set the country on a dangerous path that led to the Civil War. He shows how Fillmore stubbornly catered to the South, alienating his fellow Northerners and creating a fatal rift in the Whig Party, which would soon disappear from American politics-as would Fillmore himself, after failing to regain the White House under the banner of the anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic "Know Nothing" Party. Though Fillmore did have an eye toward the future, dispatching Commodore Matthew Perry on the famous voyage that opened Japan to the West and on the central issues of the age-immigration, religious toleration, and most of all slavery-his myopic vision led to the destruction of his presidency, his party, and ultimately, the Union itself
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Index
index present
LC call number
E427
LC item number
.F56 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The American presidents series
Label
Millard Fillmore, Paul Finkelman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Portrait of a young man from nowhere -- Texas, Mexico, and the vice presidency -- A heartbeat away -- The new president -- Manifest destiny and a Whig presidency -- A compromised presidency -- Defeat, failed resurrection, and retirement
Control code
678924746
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xviii, 171 p.
Isbn
9780805087154
Lccn
2010047174
Other control number
40019416621
System control number
(OCoLC)678924746
Label
Millard Fillmore, Paul Finkelman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Portrait of a young man from nowhere -- Texas, Mexico, and the vice presidency -- A heartbeat away -- The new president -- Manifest destiny and a Whig presidency -- A compromised presidency -- Defeat, failed resurrection, and retirement
Control code
678924746
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xviii, 171 p.
Isbn
9780805087154
Lccn
2010047174
Other control number
40019416621
System control number
(OCoLC)678924746

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