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The most famous man in America : the biography of Henry Ward Beecher

Author: Debby Applegate
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Biography : English
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Henry Ward Beecher was, for much of the nineteenth century, America's most widely known public figure. In place of his own preacher father's fire-and- brimstone theology, Beecher preached a gospel of unconditional love and forgiveness, giving us the Christianity we have today. His sermons at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights were so galvanizingly popular that the ferries from Manhattan to Brooklyn became known as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Henry Ward Beecher; Henry Ward Beecher
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Debby Applegate
OCLC Number: 123313549
Notes: Originally published: New York : Doubleday, ©2006.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: He was the favorite by all odds, the best loved man in Sumter that day --
Damned if you do, and damned if you don't --
I shall have the boy in the ministry yet --
If you wish true, unalloyed, genuine delight, fall in love with some amiable girl --
It was a fearful thing to pull up a New England oak by the roots at a ripened age and transplant it to the soil of the West --
Humph! Pretty business! Son of Lyman Beecher, president of a theological seminary, in this miserable hole --
I am a Western man --
Peculiar minister was needed for so peculiar a church --
Politics in the pulpit --
Courage today or carnage tomorrow --
Give me war redder than blood and fiercer than fire --
My heart is with the radicals, but my emotions are with the Orthodox --
I am reliably assured that Beecher preaches to seven or eight mistresses every Sunday evening --
It is the letters, the letters, only the letters --
What a pity, that so insignificant a matter as the chastity or unchastity of an Elizabeth Tilton could clip the locks of this Samson.
Responsibility: Debby Applegate.

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Henry Ward Beecher was, for much of the nineteenth century, America's most widely known public figure. In place of his own preacher father's fire-and- brimstone theology, Beecher preached a gospel of unconditional love and forgiveness, giving us the Christianity we have today. His sermons at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights were so galvanizingly popular that the ferries from Manhattan to Brooklyn became known as "Beecher Boats." When he became involved in the abolition movement-his sister was Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin-rifles shipped to the resistance fighters in Kansas became known as "Beecher Bibles." Men such as Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, and Twain befriended - and sometimes parodied - him. And then it fell apart. The wildly charismatic Beecher was accused by feminist firebrand Victoria Woodhull of adultery with his best friend's wife, and the cuckolded Theodore Tilton brought charges of "criminal conversation," leading to a salacious trial that was the most widely covered event of the nineteenth century, garnering, by some counts, more headlines than the entire Civil War. It ended in a hung jury, but by his death in 1886, Beecher's star was considerably dimmed. [The author] brings this fascinating, flawed figure to deserved new life and places him at the center of the key dramas of the American nineteenth century - including the advent of the pulp novel and tabloid press.-http://www.loc.gov/catdir.

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