You Don’t Know About Franklin Pierce

The 14th President is among the most unknown, as he was when he won in a surprising election. Yet he started with great promise. Youthful, regal in manner and style, with celebrity friends, many thought his Presidency was a renewal for the country. Instead he provoked a resistance movement.

His fall in the wake of the Kansas-Nebraska act reveals a lot about the Presidency in a time of scattered politics.

We discuss:

  • Young America – what it meant and how Pierce fit into it
  • Kansas Nebraska – the Idea and the Bloodshed
  • A Resistance Movement of the 19th Century
  • Something about Pierce You Might even Like

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