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Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869) to John McNeil re: foreseeing civil war

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03660 Author/Creator: Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869) Place Written: Nassau Island [R.I.?] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 January 1860 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written while on vacation. Argues that Civil War is inevitable unless the Democrats regain control of the government


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: President Government and Civics, Politics, Democratic Party, Election, Republican Party, Civil War

Sub Era: Age of Jackson