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Title:
James Buchanan : America's 15th president
Author:
Lassieur, Allison.
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Publication Information:
New York : Children's Press, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
110 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 25 cm.
Summary:
A biography of the fifteenth president of the United States, with information about his childhood, family, political career, presidency, and legacy.
Language:
English
Contents:
A lawyer's education -- Mr. Buchanan goes to Washington -- New worlds -- Gentleman farmer -- A presidency crippled by slavery -- Retirement.
Reading Level:
1010 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.8 2.0 77340.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.1 6 Quiz: 34785 Guided reading level: S.
ISBN:
9780516228846
Format :
Book

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James Buchanan was elected president in 1856, the most unforgiving of times. Arguments over the extension of slavery had reached a fever pitch, threatening violence between pro- and antislavery forces. Buchanan angered the North by enforcing the Fugitive Slave Law; he angered the South by recognizing an antislavery government in Kansas. In 1859, when the radical abolitionist John Brown attacked a federal armory in Virginia and called on slaves in the South to revolt, all hope of compromise on slavery issues was ended. In 1860, Buchanan announced his retirement, and the Democratic Party split into Northern and Southern factions. When Abraham Lincoln of the antislavery Republican party was elected president in 1860, Southern states began to secede from the Union. Buchanan stood by, refusing even to defend federal arsenals. The first shots of the Civil War were fired weeks after he left office in March 1861. Book jacket.


Table of Contents

1 A Lawyer's Educationp. 7
2 Mr. Buchanan Goes to Washingtonp. 25
3 New Worldsp. 37
4 Gentleman Farmerp. 55
5 A Presidency Crippled by Slaveryp. 71
6 Retirementp. 89
Presidential Fast Factsp. 96
First Lady Fast Factsp. 97
Timelinep. 98
Glossaryp. 100
Further Readingp. 101
Places to Visitp. 102
Online Sites of Interestp. 103
Table of Presidentsp. 104
Indexp. 108