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Life Portraits: James Buchanan

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Sunday, April 14, 2013

In this program from our 1999 "American Presidents: Life Portraits" series we focused on James Buchanan's life and career. History teacher Karl Reisner and professor Richard Keller talked about Buchanan’s presidency and the history of the era. Steve Trapnell gave us a tour of Wheatland, President Buchanan's home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with the executive director of the property, Kathy Bratton.

Updated: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 12:38pm (ET)

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