Worse Than tRump? 7 Bad Presidents for Your Consideration


Worse than Trump

James Buchanan pursued policies that favored slave owners in their mission to expand the peculiar institution into the territories that sought admission into the Union. And the tariff laws he favored resulted in the Panic of 1857, the greatest economic catastrophe in American history until the Great Depression of the 1930s.

However, the greatest harm he visited upon the nation was his refusal to respond robustly to the first moves toward secession. Had he dispatched federal troops to quell the nascent rebellion, a great civil war might have been averted. Instead, he dithered as the clock ran out on his expiring term, leaving it to his successor to manage the crisis he had passively abetted.

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