Who was the most divisive President in history?

Who is the most divisive President?

  • Reagan

    Votes: 4 4.0%
  • Nixon

    Votes: 10 9.9%
  • LBJ

    Votes: 5 5.0%
  • JFK

    Votes: 3 3.0%
  • Truman

    Votes: 2 2.0%
  • FDR

    Votes: 2 2.0%
  • Wilson

    Votes: 2 2.0%
  • Jackson

    Votes: 4 4.0%
  • Lincoln

    Votes: 50 49.5%
  • Other?

    Votes: 19 18.8%

  • Total voters
    101

royal744

Ad Honoris
Jul 2013
10,736
San Antonio, Tx
FDR, "that man in the whitehouse", was popular with liberals and poor people and later on during WWII. However, his radical policies were hated by many.
His ”radical policies” saved the United States.
 

MAGolding

Ad Honorem
Aug 2015
2,990
Chalfont, Pennsylvania
Lincoln and the majority of the Republicans didn't intend to be divisive. The Republicans hoped to heal the divisions between the South and the free states by strengthening the institutions of freedom in the free states and blocking all threats of the slave power taking over the free states. Once slavery was confined to where it was already, and could not spread and threaten free institutions, fear of the South in the free states would decrease and there would be less anti slavery agitation in the free states and so less fear of the free states in the South, and so on, restoring harmony between the sections.

But the Republican victories in the congressional and presidential races in 1860 turned out to be divisive, because they showed that the South could no longer count on controlling the Federal government to get policies favoring slavery and block policies opposing slavery.

So the slave owing leaders of Southern society decided that being part of the USA was no longer favorable for their slave owning and was starting to become unfavorable for their interests. So they decided that now was the time to secede from the USA and form a new national government for the South, now that the USA had guarded and protected the South when it was too small and week to be a viable country until it was strong and powerful enough to stand on its own.

So the political class in the South began the process of secession, thinking that after all, what was the worst possible thing that could result from secession? And they found out how mistaken they were.

So Lincoln and the Republicans didn't intend to be divisive, but the Southern leaders were so used to dominating the federal government that they seceded from the Union in order to crate a new federal government they could dominate. By naively underestimating the power lust and criminality of Southern leaders Lincoln and the Republicans turned out to be unintentionally divisive, leading to a bloody civil war.
 

royal744

Ad Honoris
Jul 2013
10,736
San Antonio, Tx
Why do you think your post is important? I have no idea what you mean, alleging that Hoover was trying to commit FDR to his policies. You will have to post a source. Funny, I don't see Hoover on the list either. Of course my post is important. We are discussing divisive presidents, correct? Being the first leader of a major nation to recognize the bolshevik nation was quite divisive in its day. In fact, it still us today.
We kind of needed FDR’s demarche with the Soviet Union when a retired paper hanger came to power in Germany.