Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Departments/Programs

History

First Advisor

Daniel Hurewitz

Second Advisor

Jonathan Rosenberg

Academic Program Adviser

Jonathan Rosenberg

Abstract

James Buchanan was the only lifelong bachelor to be elected President of the United States. While not seen as disqualifying in and of itself, his single status was often commented upon. Analysis of the campaign literature reveals competing ideals of manhood in the lead up to the Civil War.

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