The Election of 1852: The Road to Disunion

The Election of 1852: The Road to Disunion


On October 28, 2020, Dr. Randall M. Miller will join LancasterHistory’s Director of President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, Patrick Clarke, virtually for a special Presidential Scholar Interview. During the virtual event, Clarke and Miller will discuss the historical context of the 1852 election and its relationship to James Buchanan’s political ambitions and prospects, both then and after. They will also explore the coming apart of the Second American Party System amid the politics of slavery, and the character of political discourse and engagement.

Dr. Randall MillerRandall M. Miller, Ph.D. is the William Dirk Warren ’50 Sesquicentennial Chair and Professor of History at Saint Joseph’s University.  He is the author or editor of numerous books that include (as co-editor) Religion and the American Civil War (Oxford University Press), and The Birth of the Grand Old Party: The Republicans’ First Generation (University of Pennsylvania Press); and “Dear Master”: Letters of a Slave Family (Cornell University Press; rev. & enlarged ed., University of Georgia Press.)  Dr. Miller has been a consultant for, and appeared in, documentaries on American culture and history, the Civil War, politics, religion, African-American culture and life, slavery, Philadelphia life and politics, and other topics, which have aired on national cable and public broadcast channels and regional and local television and are used in schools across the country.


The event The Election of 1852 will take place online via Zoom on October 28, 2020 at 7:30pm Eastern. This is NOT an in-person event.

The program is free and open to the public but requires advance registration. Register online by clicking “Buy Tickets” below or by calling (717) 392-4633. Your link to the Zoom event will be emailed to you upon successful registration. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, we highly recommend reading our Virtual Event Guide & FAQ in advance the of the event.

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Online/Virtual Event Lecture

October 28, 2020 Online via Zoom 7:30pm Eastern FREE