Thursday, May 05, 2005

Presidential Addresses of James Buchanan

Presidential Addresses of James Buchanan. He is considered a minor American President today but he is also the President who failed to prevent the Civil War from starting. Late in his term he watched helplessly as states left the Union and seized federal property. The first shots of the war were fired under his watch. In his final State of the Union, he said, "Why is it, then, that discontent now so extensively prevails, and the Union of the States, which is the source of all these blessings, is threatened with destruction? The long-continued and intemperate interference of the Northern people with the question of slavery in the Southern States has at length produced its natural effects. The different sections of the Union are now arrayed against each other, and the time has arrived, so much dreaded by the Father of his Country, when hostile geographical parties have been formed. " Blaming the North didn't stop anything...

Selected Speeches:

Inaugural Address of James Buchanan. From 1857.

PRESIDENT JAMES BUCHANAN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 1857.

PRESIDENT JAMES BUCHANAN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 1858.

PRESIDENT JAMES BUCHANAN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 1859.

PRESIDENT JAMES BUCHANAN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 1860.

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