Central City, IA (Vocus) June 25, 2010
How was the evil of Negro slavery allowed to become such an integral part of the economic, political, and social structure of the early United States that it took a civil war to end it? What did the fifteen antebellum presidents do or not do to resolve the problem of slavery short of war? In Heroes, Villains & Dupes, author Paul Ronan answers these questions, exploding many of the myths surrounding our early presidents.
The existential question facing the antebellum United States was how to resolve the dichotomy between the freedoms guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence and the protection of slavery established in the Constitution. In his book, Ronan tells how each of the antebellum presidents dealt with this challenge. The book then ranks the presidents on the sole criterion of how they dealt with slavery. Did they recognize slavery as the critical threat to national unity, and did they act decisively to end the evil and preserve the Union peacefully? The book ends with the start of the Civil War – the tragic result of the presidents’ combined efforts.
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About the Author
Paul E. Ronan is an amateur historian with a lifelong interest in the causes of war, especially the American Civil War. He served over thirty years of active and reserve duty in the United States Air Force, rising to the rank of full Colonel. As an Air Force officer, he was deeply concerned with how the early recognition of the causes of war and timely preventive action could prevent armed conflict. His civilian career included thirty years in the defense industry in engineering and management, developing business strategies to complement the nation’s military strategy.
Heroes, Villains & Dupes * by Paul E. Ronan
How the Antebellum Presidents Allowed Slavery to Drive the Country to the Civil War
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
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