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Umm, do you people really think that he had the ability to stop the south from seceding? Plus, its not like he was the cause of the civil war, just because it started during his presidency. The war was brewing for decades, ever since the debates over expansion of slavery in the early 1800's. He was just unlucky enough to be in office when it all boiled over. Its just like how presidents always get blamed if they are in office when economic crises occur, even though they aren't usually the cause of it. Crises typically brew for a while before they occur. The Great Depression, for example, was caused by a decade of people buying on credit. Poor Herbert Hoover just caught the raw end of the stick. I mean my goodness he was only president for a year or so before the crash. He didn't even have an opportunity to do anything that would cause something like that. Anyways, Buchanan should definitely be above Jimmy Carter.
Said that the south had no right to secede during the civil war, but also said that he did not have the right to do anything about it. Complete, brain dead ignoramus!
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clydeV 31 Comments
Terrible president. Get off the list. He lost a White House China set playing poker.
Harding is terrible, but his rating as the worst president ever is actually quite unfair to his actual accomplishments. The economy was booming, and Harding was a strong supporter of Women's Sufferagettes.
He was only nominated because he quote "Looked presidential"
who dis?V 8 Comments
Herbert Hoover believed in his time with the country spiraling towards depression that business would help him--surprise they did not so shanty towns called Hoovervilles popped up all over the country. After his retirement, he was a great humanitarian which rates him high in my book.
He didn't cause the Great Depression he just didn't do anything to help it. He was put into a bad position because of the failures of others
I like the dam he built, but other than that, damn!
Personally saved millions of lives during WWI in Belgium and France. An amazing individual.V 15 Comments
Johnson shouldn't be last. Harry Truman should. Johnson kind of got screwed over by Congress. You have to understand that ideologies and beliefs were just totally different back then. When you consider his presidency in context, he isn't nearly as bad. Don't get me wrong, he wasn't a very good president. But again, he was somewhat powerless due to opposition from Congress, the fact that there weren't many in government who wanted him there, and a bunch of other crap that happened during his presidency. Harry Truman should definitely be last.
Its funny to me how big of a part racial concerns are playing in this list. All of the racist or proslavery presidents are ranked at the bottom and Lincoln is number one, not that he shouldn't be. Honestly though, people aren't considering context. Back then, it wasn't a big deal at all to be proslavery or anti black rights. I mean literally like half of the country was against rights for African Americans and approved of slavery. So I don't think its quite that fair to bash a president because he was a racist. I mean come on, Thomas Jefferson was pro-slavery, and even George Washington had slaves.
Really an awful president. However, reconstruction is a perfect example of how this almost didn't matter, as the radical republicans in congress had a super majority anyway. However, he did return property confiscated in the Civil War to plantation owners, effectively ending the policy of "forty acres and a mule," and condemning southern blacks to over 100 years of oppression.
Yeah thanks for a hundred years of segregation jackassV 27 Comments
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