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Rutherford B. Hayes : warrior and president

Author: Ari Arthur Hoogenboom
Publisher: Lawrence, KS : University Press of Kansas, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This biography recreates the rapidly changing world of Victorian America as experienced by one of its most reflective and perceptive figures. The Hayes that emerges is a much more progressive and far-sighted leader than previously suggested. He was, Hoogenboom argues, neither a Southern sympathizer nor an exemplar of the "Greedy Gilded Age." Rather, he was a devout, pragmatic champion of equal rights. Hayes's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Hoogenboom, Ari Arthur, 1927-
Rutherford B. Hayes.
Lawrence, KS : University Press of Kansas, ©1995
(OCoLC)621605136
Named Person: Rutherford B Hayes; Rutherford B Hayes; Rutherford Birchard Hayes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ari Arthur Hoogenboom
ISBN: 0700606416 9780700606412
OCLC Number: 30816215
Description: xii, 626 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Ohio and New England --
Kenyon and Harvard --
Lower Sandusky --
Cincinnati --
Law and family --
Politics --
War --
War in earnest --
Western Virginia interlude --
The valleys of Virginia --
The end of the war --
Congressman --
Governor --
Second term --
Interlude --
The campaign of 1876 --
The disputed election --
Two new policies --
A troubled summer --
Congress triumphant --
Hayes takes charge --
Riders, politics, and reform --
The succession --
The Garfield campaign --
Lame duck --
Spiegel Grove --
Popular education --
Social justice --
Without Lucy --
Joining Lucy.
Responsibility: Ari Hoogenboom.

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