15 – James Buchanan

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15.005 – Interview with Thomas Balcerski, Bosom Friends

Political partnerships are nothing new to American politics, but what happens when the domestic world and the political realm overlap? To examine that question and learn more about one of the most significant political partnerships in American history, I spoke with Thomas Balcerski, author of Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King. In our conversation, Tom shared some great insights about the politics, ideologies, and society of antebellum America and not only how Buchanan and King fit in to all of that but what studying their lives and their relationship can tell us in turn about larger historical themes.

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Some other sources for learning about our fifteenth president available online include:

Featured Image: “James Buchanan” by George Peter Alexander Healy [c. 1859], courtesy of Wikipedia

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