A hearty welcome to the blog to J. R. SANDERS, author of The Littlest Wrangler published by Moonlight Mesa Associates.
As President, Franklin Pierce made many divisive decisions which were widely criticized and earned him the reputation as one of the worst Presidents in U. S. history. He was the Pres from 1853-1857, prior to James Buchanan, and the only Pres from New Hampshire. One of his problems, if not the major one, was that he was pro-slavery, and signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act which repealed the Missouri Compromise prohibiting slavery in the Louisiana Territory but allowing it in Missouri and renewed the debate over expanding slavery in the WEST. The Kansas-Nebraska Act created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska and allowed the citizens to decide if they wanted slavery. Its main purpose was to provide for the Transcontinetal Railroad One of his successes was the Gadsden Purchase where he bought southern New Mexico and southern Arizona for ten million dollars to build a southern railroad..
That's President Pierce pulling the beard of the Free-Soilier and President Buchanan pulling on the hair as Stephen A. Douglas shoves a black man down his throat. (Source: Wikipedia. Image is in the public domain due to its age.)
The Emancipation Proclamation of Pres Lincoln ended the prospect of more slavery in the West, but it took a Civil War to do it.