Horace Greeley and the Politics of Reform in Nineteenth-Century Americaby Mitchell Snay
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Horace Greeley (1811–1872) was a major figure in nineteenth century American history. As a newspaper editor, politician, and reformer, Greeley was involved with the major events and trends of the era. He was the influential editor of the New York Tribune from 1841 until his death and was instrumental in the rise of the Whig and Republican parties.
Snay's biography places Greeley in his historical context—considering the ways that he shaped and was influenced by the rise of the Jacksonian party system, the varieties of antebellum reform, the evolution of urban class relations, and the politics of slavery and emancipation.
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Mitchell Snay is professor of history at Denison University. He is the author of three books, Fenians, Freedmen, and Southern Whites: Race and Nationality in the Era of Reconstruction, Religion and the Antebellum Debate over Slavery, and Gospel of Disunion: Religion and Separatism in the Antebellum South.
Mitchell Snay is professor of history at Denison University, where he focuses on the middle period (c. 1815-1877) of American history. Before teaching at Denison, he was lecturer at Harvard University. His first book, Gospel of Disunion: Religion and Separatism in the Antebellum South (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993), was on religion and the intellectual origins of antebellum southern separatism. His next books, Religion and the Antebellum Debate over Slavery, co-edited with John R. McKivigan (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998) and Fenians, Freedmen, and Southern Whites: Race and Nationality in the Era of Reconstruction (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2007), looked at several movements for ethnic autonomy and political self-determination during Antebellum and Reconstruction. His most recent book, Horace Greeley and the Politics of Reform in Nineteenth-Century America (Rowman&Littlefield Press, 2011), was a biography of editor and reformer Horace Greeley that attempted to place the editor and reformer in his historical context.
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