By Gregory A. Borchard
On the yankee 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 complicated dating among those brilliant figures, either titans of the click in the course of the most tumultuous political eras in American historical past. jam-packed with insightful research and painstaking examine, Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley deals a clean viewpoint on those luminaries and their legacies.
Borchard starts with an outline of the lives of either Lincoln and Greeley, delving relatively into their mutual trust in Henry Clay’s much-debated American approach, and investigating the myriad similarities among the 2 political giants, together with their similar paths to strength 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 unique are Lincoln’s and Greeley’s own quests to finish slavery within the usa, in addition to their staunch help of free-soil homesteads within the West.
Yet regardless of their skill to interact productively, either males periodically discovered themselves on contrary ends of the political spectrum. Their via turns harmonious and adversarial dating frequently performed out at the entrance pages of Greeley’s influential newspaper, the hot York Tribune. Drawing upon ancient gem stones from the Tribune, in addition to the non-public papers of either Lincoln and Greeley, Borchard explores intensive the effect 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 supply a brand new viewpoint at the history-changing occasions of the days, together with the decline of the Whig social gathering and the increase of the Republicans, the force to increase American borders into the West; and the bloody years of the Civil conflict. Borchard finishes with reflections at the deaths of Lincoln and Greeley and the way the 2 males were remembered by means of next generations.
Sure to develop into a necessary quantity within the annals of political historical past 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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Always a great admirer of Clay—and of his role in at least inspiring the legislation—Lincoln personally approved of the measures, but most northern Whigs, including Seward, Weed, and Greeley, opposed them because they did not allow for a ban on the extension of slavery. While antislavery advocates were outraged especially by the provision that allowed masters to repossess slaves who had escaped to free states, President Taylor attempted to sidestep the entire controversy by pushing for the immediate admission of California and New Mexico as free states.
37 With both Lincoln and Greeley having supported Clay their entire careers, Illinois again made Lincoln an elector for the Whig ticket in 1844, and Greeley again attended the Whig convention, held this time in Baltimore. With 40,000 attendees, the event was one of the largest political assemblies of the era. Clay—who had, since his days as Speaker of the House, acted as secretary of state from 1825 to 1829 under President John Quincy Adams and served as a Kentucky 24 | self-made men senator from 1831 to 1842—again entered the race for the presidency, initiating his campaign confidently with a written acceptance message read to the delegates by a spokesperson.
16 Zaccheus Greeley suffered economic hardship during the Panic of 1819, and although Horace received irregular schooling until age fifteen, he nonetheless developed a voracious appetite for reading. In 1826, he sought work as a young apprentice at the Northern Spectator, 16 | self-made men a weekly newspaper in rural East Poultney, Vermont. When the paper failed, he moved briefly to Erie County, Pennsylvania, and in August 1831, at the age of twenty, he gathered his possessions and traveled to New York City.
Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley by Gregory A. Borchard