The American Civil War Essay

1685 Words Nov 28th, 2016 7 Pages
From page one of The Presidents’ War it becomes immensely apparent that DeRose has undertaken a very ambitious task. His purpose is to present the prelude period of the American Civil War from the perspectives of the six presidents that were alive during the period. These presidents; John Tyler, Martin Van Buren, James Buchanan, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and Abraham Lincoln, all had different agendas that they pursued throughout their terms in office, differing views about the role of the office of the presidency in society, and differing views about the separation between the north and the south and how to solve the problems that separated them. These differing points of view come into sharp focus within DeRose’s narration. The main point of the book is to examine the ways in which the five former presidents, Van Buren, Tyler, Buchanan, Fillmore, and Pierce, tried to use their influence and role as a former president to oppose and undermine both Abraham Lincoln’s election and his presidency during the civil war.
The book begins with a prologue talking about the presidency of Andrew Jackson and the point that the author identifies as the singular issue that would begin to drive a wedge between the north and the south prior to the civil war. This issue, a series of tariffs on foreign goods to protect American manufacturing and raise revenue for the government, boosted northern wealth while also hurting southern agriculture by reducing active markets that…

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