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A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents Volume 5, part 1: Presidents Taylor and Fillmore   By: (1843-1914)

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This volume is a comprehensive collection of messages and papers from Presidents Taylor and Fillmore, providing valuable insight into the political landscape of the mid-19th century. The meticulous research and editing by James D. Richardson offer readers a firsthand look at the challenges and triumphs faced by these two leaders during their time in office. The documents included shed light on significant events such as the Mexican-American War and the debate over slavery, making this book a valuable resource for anyone interested in American history. Richardson's thorough annotations and historical context provide a deeper understanding of the presidents and their administrations, making this volume a must-read for historians and enthusiasts alike.

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A COMPILATION OF THE MESSAGES AND PAPERS OF THE PRESIDENTS,

VOLUME V, PART 1

BY JAMES D. RICHARDSON

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE STATE OF TENNESSEE

1902

This volume, the fifth of the series, comprises a period of twelve years. It includes the four years' term of the Taylor Fillmore Administration and the full terms of Presidents Pierce and Buchanan. This brings the history down to March 4, 1861, the beginning of the late war between the States. These twelve years form an important and eventful epoch in the affairs of our country, as they immediately precede the war and cover the official utterances of the Executives during this period. Some of the more important events and incidents of these twelve years are the Bulwer Clayton treaty with Great Britain for a joint occupancy of the proposed ship canal through Central America; the compromise measures of 1850; the admission of California, Minnesota, Oregon, and Kansas as States; the Gadsden purchase, by which the United States acquired 45,535 square miles of territory, being portions of Arizona and New Mexico; the Kansas Nebraska legislation; the famous Dred Scott decision; the John Brown insurrection, and the disruption of the Democratic party in the national campaign of 1860.

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