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Most troubling throughout his political career was the issue of extending slavery into new states. Van Buren opposed extension while still trying to cultivate a coalition of northern and southern interests. The issue divided the nation and his party and foreshadowed the whirlpool of frustration, anger and violence which was to consume the country in the 1860's.
The links to the left will bring you to a number of absorbing papers, reports and galleries concerning Martin Van Buren and his times. Clicking on Stories links to transcriptions of Martin Van Buren's correspondence.
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The American Talleyrand blog is a terrific source of thoughtful and thought provoking material on Martin Van Buren and his era. It is pithy and insightful, but also quirky and funny. Everything is here from original research to book reviews to interviews with antebellum scholars.
The elegant New York State Capitol in Albany is home to the Hall of Governors where you can see portraits of all of New York State's chief executives. The Hall of Governors website is replete with information on exhibits, documents and other historical gems found in the Capitol.
American Presidents Travel ItineraryMartin Van Buren National Historic Site is one of many stops on the American Presidents Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary. The travel itinerary is compiled by the National Park Service. It highlights presidential historic sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Did You Know?
In the 1848 Presidential election, Martin Van Buren ran as the candidate for a new third party. The Free-Soil Party was group of disaffected Democrats opposed to the extension of slavery into the south-western territories captured from Mexico during the Mexican-American War. Martin Van Buren was the presidential candidate and Charles Francis Adams was chosen as Van Buren’s running mate. The Free-Soil Party received 10% of the popular vote in 1848 but no electoral votes. The Whig candidate and Mexican War hero Zachary Taylor won the Presidency in 1848.