Slavery and Politics Part Two

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Slavery and Politics, 1846-1860 Part Two The Character of Franklin Pierce Obscure and least successful Campaign bio “We’ve Polked you and now we’ll Pierce you” Drinking problem allegoric to it? Former Representative and Senator Northerner with strong sympathies o Dough facers Pierce’s Cabinet Largely pro slavery William R. King = running mate and lived with Buchanan o Died of TB so VP was vacant Wife = recluse and Abigail Means moved in to help out Kept in tact Secretary of War = Davis Secretary of State = Marcy conservative democrat The Southern Dream of a Caribbean Empire / Gadsden Purchase (1853) Wanted more slave territory o Filibusters Hoped Nicaragua would be a slave state in Union Also wanted Cuba for $120 million from Spain but Cuba was settles as a slave state (worked out a plan Austin Manifesto) o If Spain refuses to sell we’ll take it o N. pissed and Europeans shocked No hope of more Caribbean land
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