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James A. Garfield - His Life and Times: A Pictorial History

James A. Garfield - His Life and Times: A Pictorial History

by Richard L. McElroy

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A pictorial biography of President Garfield. Trained as a minister, he abandoned a studied pacifism to serve in the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln cajoled him into politics, and Garfield rose to the speakership of the House of Representatives. A true dark-horse candidate, he was elected president in 1880 amidst rumors of bribe taking. As president he clashed bitterly with Republican party boss Roscoe Conkling over patronage appointments; he was assassinated by a deranged office seeker in 1881. The story is effectively portrayed in the visual documents selected by the author. Portraits dominate, but that is an expression of 19th-century technical limitations and artistic conventions. Extended study of these images yields understanding of the assumptions, postures, and values of that lost age. Recommended for historians and the lay public. James L. Jablonowski, History Dept., Marquette Univ., Milwaukee

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