Franklin B. Pierce: The Twilight of Jacksonian Democracy

Thomas J. Rowland
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, WI

Series: First Men, America’s Presidents



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This interpretive study of the Pierce presidency examines the context of both the time in which he was placed and the challenges he faced during his presidency, as well as the political philosophy and culture he brought to the position. In order to understand these things, it is necessary to review his early background in New Hampshire, the parental influences upon his character, the education, both formal and political, that he received, and the principles he embraced before he made his way into the White House.

(Barbara Bennett Peterson)



Chapter 1. Character: The Formative Years, pp. 1-16

Chapter 2. On to the National Stage, pp. 17-38

Chapter 3. Party Orthodoxy, Mexican Glory, and Slavery Agitation, pp. 39-61

Chapter 4. A Nomination and an Election, pp. 63-79

Chapter 5. Launching an Administration, pp. 81-102

Chapter 6. Foreign Policy during the Pierce Administration, pp. 103-122

Chapter 7. Domestic Policies and the Path to Kansas, pp. 123-143

Chapter 8 The Kansas Disaster, pp. 145-169

Chapter 9 Bowing Out, pp. 171-191

Selected Bibliography, pp. 193-200


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