James Buchanan has never enjoyed a good reputation among historians and president-raters; most people rate his presidency at or near the worst in American history. Yet even as students of the 1850s note his shortcomings, many—if not most—of the scholars of this period qualify their answer. For Jam....
""Old Buck" and the Political Crisis of the 1850s,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 10
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