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John Tyler the Accidental President$
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Edward P. Crapol

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807872239

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882726_crapol

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John Tyler the Accidental President

Edward P. Crapol

University of North Carolina Press

This book is intended to be a just and fair accounting of John Tyler's life and presidency. The author believes this book meets this criteria and offers a tough analysis of good and evil that seeks to explain and understand John Tyler's mindset and actions. John Tyler's story is, like few others in the national experience, one of American failure and tragedy, and the degradation of constitutional and republican principles. It is above all a tragic tale of one man's blind faith in the belief that endless territorial and commercial expansion could preserve the institution of slavery and maintain the Union as a slaveholding republic. As such, it is an exploration of what one of Tyler's contemporaries called the “disease” of empire “deep down in the human heart.”

Keywords:   John Tyler, slaveholding republic, evil, national experience, American failure

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