Purposes Just and Pacific: Franklin Pierce and the American Empire

  title={Purposes Just and Pacific: Franklin Pierce and the American Empire},
  author={Kenneth Nivison},
  journal={Diplomacy \& Statecraft},
  pages={1 - 19}
  • Kenneth Nivison
  • Published 12 March 2010
  • History, Political Science
  • Diplomacy & Statecraft
The Administration of Franklin Pierce has frequently been the object of study for historians of antebellum domestic politics, but few have examined the contribution of the Administration's foreign policy initiatives and objectives. This paper demonstrates that Pierce's foreign policy drew from the same partisan well as his domestic politics: a strict interpretation of power under the Constitution and a strong sense of racial paternalism that had come to define the ideological core of Democratic… 
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