Book Discussion on Franklin Pierce: New Hampshire's Favorite Son

Oct 25, 2004


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Mr. Wallner talked about his book Franklin Pierce: New Hampshire’s Favorite Son, published by Plaidswede Publishing during Pierce’s bicentennial year. Mr. Wallner said that Pierce may be the .. Read More
Mr. Wallner talked about his book Franklin Pierce: New Hampshire’s Favorite Son, published by Plaidswede Publishing during Pierce’s bicentennial year. Mr. Wallner said that Pierce may be the least-known, least-studied president (1853-1857). He is often blamed for the Kansas-Nebraska Act and for the coming of the Civil War as a result. He mentioned some of Pierce’s close friends such as Stephen A. Douglas, Daniel Webster, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Jefferson Davis (who was a member of Pierce’s cabinet). Other topics included anti-immigration, problems with Great Britain over Central America and Cuba, slavery, and the war with Mexico.

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