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The Disastrous Presidency of James Buchanan

Fred I. Greenstein and Dale Anderson

in Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union: Leadership Style from Polk to Lincoln

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151991
eISBN:
9781400846412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151991.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter assesses the strengths and weaknesses of James Buchanan, focusing on six realms: public communication, organizational capacity, political skill, policy vision, cognitive style, and ... More


Epilogue: Buchanan’s Civil War

MICHAEL J. BIRKNER

in James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044262
eISBN:
9780813046242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044262.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

During the Civil War James Buchanan relished his retirement, participated in Lancaster’s civic affairs, tended to his investments, and pursued an active social life. While still supportive of the ... More


General Jackson Is Dead: James Buchanan, Stephen A. Douglas, and Kansas Policy

NICOLE ETCHESON

in James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044262
eISBN:
9780813046242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044262.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

When Kansas Territory applied for statehood under the proslavery Lecompton Constitution, the political controversy split the Democratic Party between President James Buchanan and Senator Stephen A. ... More


Joseph Holt, James Buchanan, and the Secession Crisis

DANIEL W. CROFTS

in James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044262
eISBN:
9780813046242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044262.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Conventional wisdom disparages President James Buchanan for allowing the secession movement to incubate and doing nothing to stop it. But Joseph Holt of Kentucky, Secretary of War during Buchanan’s ... More


“The Strongest Northern Man on Southern Principles”: James Buchanan and Southern Power

Michael Todd Landis

in Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453267
eISBN:
9780801454837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453267.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines James Buchanan's victory in the 1856 Democratic national nominating convention held in Cincinnati and what it means for the South. In February 1856, Jesse Bright and John ... More


Introduction: Bum Rap or Bad Leadership?

PAUL FINKELMAN

in James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044262
eISBN:
9780813046242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044262.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

In addition to describing the volume’s essays, the introduction to James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War looks at some of the ways that historians have viewed the Buchanan administration, ... More


Presiding, 1853–1868

Thomas J. Balcerski

in Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190914592
eISBN:
9780190054724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190914592.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, Political History

Chapter 7 considers select aspects of Buchanan’s life after King’s death: his time as American minister to England, presidential nomination and election, presidency, retirement years, and the legacy ... More


Roads Not Taken: The Stillborn Virginia School of Economics

David Colander and Craig Freedman

in Where Economics Went Wrong

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691179209
eISBN:
9780691184050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691179209.003.0007
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History

This chapter looks at the birth of the Virginia School of economics by focusing on two of the approaches developed in Virginia in the 1960s. The first one—named after Ronald Coase—is the Coasian ... More


What Difference Did the President Make?

Fred I. Greenstein and Dale Anderson

in Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union: Leadership Style from Polk to Lincoln

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151991
eISBN:
9781400846412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151991.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The Civil War era posed profound challenges to the six presidents. There is widespread agreement that Abraham Lincoln met that test in a superlative manner while Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan ... More


Leavening, 1786–1819

Thomas J. Balcerski

in Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190914592
eISBN:
9780190054724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190914592.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, Political History

Chapter 1 examines the family background, early education, friendships, and legal and political careers of James Buchanan and William Rufus King. King entered politics as a Jeffersonian ... More


Ministering, 1844–1848

Thomas J. Balcerski

in Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190914592
eISBN:
9780190054724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190914592.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, Political History

Chapter 5 traces a period of extended separation between Buchanan and King, from 1844 to 1848. During the administration of President James Polk each man turned his attention to foreign policy ... More


Wooing, 1840–1844

Thomas J. Balcerski

in Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190914592
eISBN:
9780190054724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190914592.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, Political History

Chapter 4 examines the crucial four-year period from the rise of the Whig Party to national power in 1840 to the dissolution of the bachelor’s mess of Buchanan and King in 1844. During this period of ... More


Decline, Slavery, and War: The Jeremiad in Antebellum and Civil War America

Andrew R. Murphy

in Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195321289
eISBN:
9780199869855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321289.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the important role played by the jeremiad in antebellum and Civil War America. It begins with the national day of fasting proclaimed by President James Buchanan in January 1861. ... More


Messing, 1834–1840

Thomas J. Balcerski

in Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190914592
eISBN:
9780190054724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190914592.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, Political History

Chapter 3 explores the “Bachelor’s mess,” a phrase drawn from Buchanan’s correspondence, and notes the many ways in which their shared Washington boardinghouse intersected with the overlapping ... More


Running, 1848–1853

Thomas J. Balcerski

in Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190914592
eISBN:
9780190054724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190914592.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, Political History

Chapter 6 considers the presidential election of 1848, the Compromise of 1850, and the election of 1852. During these years the friendship of Buchanan and King first intensified, then cooled, as each ... More


Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union: Leadership Style from Polk to Lincoln

Fred I. Greenstein

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151991
eISBN:
9781400846412
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151991.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The United States witnessed an unprecedented failure of its political system in the mid-nineteenth century, resulting in a disastrous civil war that claimed the lives of an estimated 750,000 ... More


Introduction: Remembering

Thomas J. Balcerski

in Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190914592
eISBN:
9780190054724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190914592.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, Political History

The introduction begins with the retrospective observation of the writer Elizabeth Ellet that Washington society once referred to James Buchanan and William Rufus King as the “Siamese twins.” From ... More


“Let Us Stand by Our Colors”: Lecompton and Minority Rule

Michael Todd Landis

in Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453267
eISBN:
9780801454837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453267.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines how Northern Democrats, led by President James Buchanan, developed and enunciated the doctrine of minority rule to justify their service to the South. Buchanan was nominated and ... More


Hardening, 1820–1834

Thomas J. Balcerski

in Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190914592
eISBN:
9780190054724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190914592.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, Political History

Chapter 2 turns to how Buchanan and King established themselves within the Democratic Party of Andrew Jackson. In both cases, the chapter stresses the roles of intimate male friendships and the ... More


A Conversation with William W. Freehling and Michael F. Holt, September 19, 2008

JOHN W. QUIST

in James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044262
eISBN:
9780813046242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044262.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

At the 2008 Buchanan symposium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Michael F. Holt and William W. Freehling discussed sectionalism, the coming of the Civil War, historical contingency, shifts in the ... More


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