John L. O'Sullivan and His Times (Google eBook)

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Kent State University Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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The life of nineteenth-century journalist, diplomat, adventurer, and enthusiast for lost causes John Louis O'Sullivan is usually glimpsed only in brief episodes, perhaps because the components of his life are sometimes contradictory. An exponent of romantic democracy, O'Sullivan became a defender of slavery. A champion of reforms for women, labor, criminals, and public schools, he ended his life promoting spiritualism. This first full-length biography reveals a man possessed of the idealism and promise, as well as the prejudices and follies, of his age, a man who sensed the revolutionary and liberating potential of radical democracy but was unable to acknowledge the racial barriers it had to cross to fulfill its promise. Sure to be welcomed by scholars of the Jacksonian era and others interested in nineteenth-century American history, John L. O'Sullivan and His Times presents an in-depth examination of O'Sullivan's ideas as they were expressed in the Democratic Review and other newspapers and literary magazines that he edited. O'Sullivan was a crusader whose efforts to end capital panishment came within a hair's breadth of ending hanging in New York; an editor who called down the w
  

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Contents

Inheriting a Romantic Legacy
1
Founding the Democratic Review
15
Battling Banks and the Panic
27
Friends and Offended Democrats
48
Defining Democracy
73
Pursuing Reform
89
Defending Democracy
112
The Democratic Review and the Politics of Rededication
140
The Pinnacle
163
The Fall
194
Journey to Obscurity
208
The most indistinct ghost of them all
239
Notes
244
Bibliography
279
Index
295
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Sampson holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois, where he is employed as a writer.

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