- Hardcover: 470 pages
- Publisher: American Political Biography Press (April 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0945707045
- ISBN-13: 978-0945707042
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
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Millard Fillmore: Biography of a President
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What I think Raback does do successfully, however, is relate the circumstances that caused the disintegration of the Whig Party and ushered in the Republican Party. Additionally, Rayback does explore some interesting aspects of Fillmore's career: his role in the Compromise of 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act, the inner-party fighting between Fillmore and Weed, the exploration of a canal through Latin America, shortening travel between Asia and America, and what may be the turning point of separation of Church in State as we know it today. The reader can't help but understand a little more why we are marching towards the Civil War as well.
Rayback's writing style is descriptive and he certainly has a good command of the Enghlish languate. However, I felt each chapter was about 10 pages too long.
Overall, I think this contributes to our exercise of building our knowledge of American history but would not recommend this to the casual reader, as it took quite a bit of focus for me to finish.
not well-written and also in many places quite tedious. Fillmore was on the side of bigots for all of his professional career (including his run in 1856 with the anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant 'know-nothings') and yet the author makes a hero out of him. I just don't agree with his thesis.