1856 - US presidential race -
Modern motion-picture portrayals of the candidates and times
Caution: Dramatizations of historical persons and events are often only loosely based on the truth!
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Video in History Classes
A film very germane to the 1856 election is missing from the collection above:
Gangs of New York (2002),
which depicts violent conflict in New York City between nativists ("Know-Nothings")
and Irish Catholic immigrants, who would flock to support Democrat Buchahan in the
election. In a political cartoon
here, these two "street" factions are shown seconding their favored candidates.
With Know-Nothing Fillmore floored by Buchanan, the nativist encourages
Fremont to take his place.
Motion pictures featuring James Buchanan
Motion pictures featuring John Fremont
Major role for the character
- Dream West - TV mini-series, 3-part, 7 hrs. (1986)
Dream West (historical novel)
(text of chapter one)
- Destiny, West! - TV special, 1hr. (1960)
- Kit Carson - b&w (or colorized) movie, 97 min. (1940)
- Kit Carson and the Mountain Men
- TV movie, 90 min. (1977)
- Voices of 1846 - video, 44 min. (1996)
(sold here for $50 - ouch!)
- Winners of the West
- silent b&w movie, 18-part (2 reels each) (1921)
Minor role for the character
- Along theOregon Trail - color movie, 64 min. (1947)
- California Conquest - color movie, 78 min. (1952)
Trivial (cameo-like) role for the character
- The Vigilantes Are Coming
- b&w movie serial, 12-part, 229 min. (1936)
- Into the West - TV mini-series, 6-part, 12 hrs. (2005)
Into the West (historical novel)
Motion pictures featuring Millard Fillmore
[after news of Zachery Taylor's death]
I have no language to express the emotions of my heart.
The shock is so sudden and unexpected, I am overwhelmed.
I was called to the executive chair by a bereavement which shrouded the nation in mourning.
However much I may be oppressed by the discharge of the duty, I dare not shrink from it.
God knows I detest slavery but it is an existing evil and we must endure it and give it
such protection as is prescribed by the constitution.
In the north I was accused of being a pro-slavery man seeking to extend slavery over free
territory and in the south I was accused of being an abolishionist. But I am neither.
I feel no regret that I was relieved of the thankless task of administering this government.
The agitation that disturbed the peace of this country was unavoidable.