A Companion to the Antebellum Presidents, 1837 - 1861

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Joel H. Silbey
John Wiley & Sons, Jan 6, 2014 - History - 496 pages

A Companion to the Antebellum Presidents presents a series of original essays exploring our historical understanding of the role and legacy of the eight U.S. presidents who served in the significant period between 1837 and the start of the Civil War in 1861.

  • Explores and evaluates the evolving scholarly reception of Presidents Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan, including their roles, behaviors, triumphs, and failures
  • Represents the first single-volume reference to gather together the historiographic literature on the Antebellum Presidents
  • Brings together original contributions from a team of eminent historians and experts on the American presidency
  • Reveals insights into presidential leadership in the quarter century leading up to the American Civil War
  • Offers fresh perspectives into the largely forgotten men who served during one of the most decisive quarter centuries of United States history
 

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Contents

Notes on Contributors
GENERAL THEMES
THE EXPANSIONIST IMPULSE
THE ANTEBELLUM PRESIDENTS
MARTIN VANBUREN AS PARTY LEADER
GUIDE TO FURTHER READING
COLLAPSE OFTHE LATE 1830s
TIPPECANOE AND TYLER TOO

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About the author (2014)

Joel H. Silbey is Professor of History Emeritus at Cornell University. His books include Martin Van Buren and the Emergence of American Popular Politics (2002), Storm over Texas: The Annexation Controversy and the Road to Civil War (2005), and Party Over Section: The Election of 1848 (2009).

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