Pierce is one of those Presidents who couldn’t see past his own thoughts to consider the bigger picture, which might be why his entire political party melted down during his term and basically empty handed for the next election. I must confess, that even through my dislike of him, I still shed a few tears when his son died and how he handled it.
I shouldn’t be surprised given that I’ve been feeling this way since George Washington’s time, but I’m still shocked by how slavery impacted so many decisions – both presidential and lower level. Slavery was in the minds of so many politicians and general citizens that it was interconnected with almost everything. Expansion of the US – slave state vs non slave state. Importing and exporting – would other countries allow slaves to gain freedom if after capture they would help their captures.