Horace Greeley: Champion of American Freedom


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New York University Press
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6.36 X 9.0 X 1.04 inches | 1.56 pounds
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About the Author

Robert C. Williams is Vail Professor of History Emeritus at Davidson College and lecturer in history at Bates College. His books include Klaus Fuchs: Atom Spy; Russian Art and American Money, 1900-1940; and The American Atom: A Documentary History of Nuclear Energy (with Philip Cantelon). He lives in Center Lovell, Maine.


"Williams gives a straightforward account . . . [and] argues that Greeley unswervingly devoted himself to a single ideal--American freedom--and was, in turn, crucial to its development."
-The New Yorker

"From James Patron's 1855 Life of Horace Greeley through Greeley's 1868 autobiography Recollections of a Busy Life, and down to the present, dozens of voices have told the story and legend of Horace Greeley. Williams's rich and well-presented account of his ideological and political legacy is a welcome addition to that chorus. It is certainly worth hearing."
-The Journal of American History

"A splendid telling of a story that couldn't be more timely now that we are in another difficult and controversial war."
-The Wall Street Journal

"In Mr. Williams' hands, Greeley comes through as a warm-hearted eccentric whose influence was greater than that of any editor today."
-Washington Times

"Williams's work is an essential one for those wanting to understand the social and political climate in the United States during the time between some have called the two American revolutions- ones that was fought for liberty and one that was pursued for freedom."
-Civil War Book Review