A Companion to the Antebellum Presidents 1837-1861 by Joel H. Silbey

By Joel H. Silbey

A spouse to the Antebellum Presidents presents a chain of unique essays exploring our old realizing 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 struggle 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 yank Civil War
  • Offers clean views into the mostly forgotten males who served in the course of probably the most decisive sector centuries of usa history

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Silbey differences enunciated when either party was in office the range of government activities was never as extensive as their contrasting ideologies suggested. To be sure, if the Whigs had controlled the federal government more than they did, their program would probably have gained more traction and federal authority more reach. Instead, America has been described as having “a stunted national state” exemplified by “a lame and halting government” (Keller 2007: x, 113). It was the states that exercised a wide range of development and regulative activities.

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