Later in the episode, Washington Post reporter Jim Tankersley explains the economic divisions between the North and South in these years just before the war.
Listen to the episode here:
As listeners tune in each week, the podcast reveals the ways in which our collective sense of what's 'presidential' has evolved over the years and how each president—esteemed, loathed or nearly forgotten—has something to tell us about what it takes to hold the nation's highest office.
A new episode comes out every Sunday. Here's how to follow along: