William G. Brownlow: Fighting Parson of the Southern Highlands / Edition 1

William G. Brownlow: Fighting Parson of the Southern Highlands / Edition 1

by E. Merton Coulter
     
 

ISBN-10: 1572330503

ISBN-13: 9781572330504

Pub. Date: 08/28/1999

Publisher: University of Tennessee Press

Tennessee has had its share of outrageous characters over the years but none more so than William G. Brownlow. A legend in his own time and mythic in times after, Parson Brownlow was a circuit-riding Methodist minister, upstart journalist, and political activist who wielded a vitriolic tongue and pen in defense of both slavery and the Union.

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Tennessee has had its share of outrageous characters over the years but none more so than William G. Brownlow. A legend in his own time and mythic in times after, Parson Brownlow was a circuit-riding Methodist minister, upstart journalist, and political activist who wielded a vitriolic tongue and pen in defense of both slavery and the Union.

E. Merton Coulter's 1937 biography of Brownlow remains the standard account of the parson and his times. It traces his religious, journalistic, and political career and shows that, wherever he went, Brownlow created a storm, becoming a hero to his admirers and the devil incarnate to his enemies. "If I have any talent in the world," he once wrote, "it is that talent which consists in piling up one epithet upon another."

Coulter drew on a wide range of sources and his own knowledge of southern history to bring Parson Brownlow to life, and his lively prose captures the exaggerated rhetoric with which Brownlow assaulted all enemies--Democrats, abolitionists, Presbyterians, and finally Rebels. Although Coulter's interpretations were biased by racism, his vision of the American South included Appalachians and African Americans at a time when most of his contemporaries ignored those groups.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572330504
Publisher:
University of Tennessee Press
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
Appalachian Echoes Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
ICrusading in the Southern Highlands1
IIA New Parson Rides the Circuit17
IIIPersonal Journalism35
IVReligious Warfare Renewed53
VBlack Slaves and Mountain Whites84
VIAnte-Bellum Politics110
VIISecession134
VIIIEast Tennesseeans Rebel against Rebellion154
IXIn Jail and Out178
XA Tour of the North208
XIBack in Tennessee235
XIIA New Governor Seeks Vengeance262
XIIIThe Minority Establishes Itself294
XIVThe Reign of the Tennessee Radicals325
XVThe Storm before the Calm349
XVIThe Like Shall Not Be Seen Again374
Bibliography401
Index413

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