I Millard V

by Russell Fox



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/1/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781663257987
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781663257970
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781663257963

About the Book

As a fifteen-year-old apprentice, Millard Fillmore was so enflamed by the threat of an unjust master to whip him in that the lad stood upon the log he had been chopping and raised his axe. “You will not chastise me,” young Millard warned, “If you approach me, I will split you down.” Thirty-five years later, as the 13th President of the United States, Millard Fillmore would sign into law – and zealously enforce – the Fugitive Slave Act, arguably the most cruel and unjust piece of legislation ever enacted in the United States. I MILLARD V directly addresses the very problematical legacy of Buffalo’s most eminent early historical personage, and reckons with his lamentable compromise with slavery. But what if a young Millard were to take on the responsibilities of high office with a youth’s sense of justice and fairness, instead of as a jaded lawyer? How might he act with the benefit of historical hindsight? What if he had a second – or fifth – chance to get it right?

About the Author

Russell Fox is the author of three other novels, Auguries, Rainville, and Revels End; and a collection of plays, Mystery Plays. His nonfiction books include The Noyes Plays: The True History of John Humphrey Noyes and the Oneida Community, a history play in two parts, and The Salt City Playhouse – An Itinerance, an account of his time as a stagehand for the Syracuse theater company. His recent miscellany, 5 Octavos, is a collection of poetry, playwriting and prose originally printed in separate editions. The above books are available through Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and AbeBooks.com. Fox is a lawyer and lives in Buffalo, New York.