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39, 38, 37: James Buchanan, Franklin Pierce, and Millard Fillmore

I suppose it is not correct to blame the onset of the Civil War on the presidents directly preceding it. A more convincing case can be made that the Civil War was made inevitable by the Dred Scott decision, John Brown’s unsuccessful raid on Harper’s Ferry, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the expansion of the United States into the West, the war with Mexico, or even the founding of the country itself. 1,147 more words


40. Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson was a man of many prejudices. Born in poverty in North Carolina, Johnson was a racist toward black people, arguing that the Declaration of Independence’s famous statement that “all men are created equal” did not apply to blacks, and, like most Democrats in the 1850s, blamed hot-headed abolitionists for the sectional crisis that led to the Civil War instead of those agitating for slavery. 1,106 more words



Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams by Louisa Thomas is a fascinating history about John Quincy Adams wife. I applaud the author for her diligent, insightful research into the life of a truly extraordinary woman who by this account, had little conception of her role in the history of our country. 227 more words

So the president who hated big banks and paper money will finally be removed from the very things he detested

by Bob Schoone-Jongen.

Heroes exist in the eyes (and prejudices) of their worshiper. The big heroes—the national ones—earn places on statues, plaques, buildings, and monuments. And a very select few are chosen to appear on the money. 1,032 more words


Ambassador Chas Freeman: "NSC staff has evolved to resemble the machinery in a planetarium ..."

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Below is an excerpt from The End of the American Empire remarks to East Bay Citizens for Peace, the Barrington Congregational Church, and the American Friends Service Committee by  1,770 more words

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A Reason to Celebrate, to Mourn, and to Praise God

I just finished David McCullough’s John Adams, and I will admit I got a little choked up at the end, as I tend to do when reading the stories of very real people and reaching the inevitable conclusion that is the same for everyone. 781 more words