By Gregory A. Borchard
On the yank levels of politics and journalism within the mid-nineteenth century, few males have been extra influential than Abraham Lincoln and his someday adversary, someday best friend, ny Tribune editor Horace Greeley. during this compelling new quantity, writer Gregory A. Borchard explores the elaborate dating among those bright figures, either titans of the click in the course of probably the most tumultuous political eras in American heritage. choked with insightful research and painstaking learn, Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley bargains a clean point of view on those luminaries and their legacies.
Borchard starts off with an summary of the lives of either Lincoln and Greeley, delving fairly into their mutual trust in Henry Clay’s much-debated American method, and investigating the myriad similarities among the 2 political giants, together with their similar paths to energy and their statuses as self-made males, their reputations as devoted reformers, and their shared commitment to social order and constructing a countrywide infrastructure. additionally particular are Lincoln’s and Greeley’s own quests to finish slavery within the usa, in addition to their staunch aid of free-soil homesteads within the West.
Yet regardless of their skill to interact productively, either males periodically chanced on themselves on contrary ends of the political spectrum. Their by means of turns harmonious and opposed dating usually performed out at the entrance pages of Greeley’s influential newspaper, the recent York Tribune. Drawing upon old gem stones from the Tribune, in addition to the non-public papers of either Lincoln and Greeley, Borchard explores intensive the impression the 2 males had on their occasions and on one another, and the way, as Lincoln’s and Greeley’s paths frequently crossed—and occasionally diverged—they personified the complexities, virtues, contradictions, and faults in their eras.
Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley is going past tracing every one man’s own and political evolution to provide a brand new point of view at the history-changing occasions of the days, together with the decline of the Whig occasion and the increase of the Republicans, the force to increase American borders into the West; and the bloody years of the Civil battle. Borchard finishes with reflections at the deaths of Lincoln and Greeley and the way the 2 males were remembered via next generations.
Sure to develop into an important quantity within the annals of political heritage and journalism, Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley is a compelling testomony to the indelible mark those males left on either their contemporaries and the face of America’s destiny.
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29 With Greater Earnestness Than Ever Before Beginning in 1848, the physical journeys of Lincoln and Greeley recurrently crossed, with both of them having attended as unofficial observers the June 1848 Whig convention in Philadelphia that nominated Taylor. 30 Neither Lincoln nor Greeley, both of whom remained at the time lifelong advocates of Henry Clay, could support the elder statesman for what would have been a fourth presidential bid. Lincoln, having already recognized that the Kentuckian’s chances for the presidency had escaped him in the previous election, devoted his efforts to helping Taylor secure the nomination instead.
18 Tribune readers appreciated the editor’s concern for the dispossessed, and in 1844, after serving as first vice president of a Fourierite convention in New York, Greeley was toasted for having Americanized the cause. Responding to the Tribune’s calls for agricultural development, communes spread throughout the Northeast and Midwest in the 1840s and 1850s and into the 1860s. Although Greeley was successful in transforming the transcendentalist Brook Farm in Massachusetts into a Fourierite association, it—and other such communities—functioned for just a few years before organizational insufficiencies caused it to close.
33 For the next thirty years, Greeley edited what would become the greatest single journalistic influence in the country. 34 The content of the Weekly in particular was alert, cheerful, and aggressive, and as he had done with the Log Cabin, Greeley drew readers with extensive coverage of issues that directly interested them, including farming reports and market prices as well as political campaigns and the endeavors of literary and intellectual figures. Hiring women as a way both to advance their careers and to lift the stature of his newspaper in enlightened circles, Greeley also promoted Margaret Fuller’s feminist work in the Tribune, bringing her international fame as America’s first female international correspondent.