Friday, February 22, 2013

James Buchanan essays

I haven't read anything that examines President Buchanan's life in full [it appears that Phillip Klein's 1962 biography remains the standard work], but modern studies of antebellum legal history, Bleeding Kansas, and the Secession Winter period can barely manage a polite word about Old Buck, much less something positive. The price is pretty frightening, but I hope to obtain a copy of the soon to be released essay collection James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War, edited by John W. Quist and Michael J. Birkner (Univ Pr of Florida, March '13). Follow the link for the table of contents, which indicates a nice coverage of the issues.

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