Who was the most divisive President in history?

Who is the most divisive President?

  • Reagan

    Votes: 4 4.7%
  • Nixon

    Votes: 10 11.6%
  • LBJ

    Votes: 4 4.7%
  • JFK

    Votes: 2 2.3%
  • Truman

    Votes: 1 1.2%
  • FDR

    Votes: 2 2.3%
  • Wilson

    Votes: 2 2.3%
  • Jackson

    Votes: 3 3.5%
  • Lincoln

    Votes: 41 47.7%
  • Other?

    Votes: 17 19.8%

  • Total voters
Jul 2013
San Antonio, Tx
Lincoln was by far the most empathetic and inclusive President. This passage in his 1858 Ottawa speech is representative of his behavior as President:

That powerful forces determined to undermine Lincoln's election and create chaos in place of the acceptance of the democratic process in no way renders Lincoln "divisive." The division rests entirely on those who could not reconcile themselves to the will of the people as a whole.

I agree whole-heartedly. Obviously, it was the South that started this whole dreadful business. Blaming Lincoln is shooting at the wrong target.
Likes: Fiver
Jul 2012
The Southern objection to the tariff was in the area of retaliation. If the US put a tariff on its imports then other countries would put tariffs on US exports. Southern cotton was often exported to Europe. Did European tariffs hurt Southern planters?
From about 1820 to 1875, British and French tariff duties dropped steadily, regardless of whether US tariff rates went up or down, so there were no retaliatory tariffs. If there had been retaliatory tariffs, they would have been paid by the Europeans, not the southern planters.