The United States Volume 2

The United States Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...that indifference to their party, their convictions, and their traditions, which has been their chief stumbling block for the past thirty years. Ever since he entered political life Mr. Greeley had been the relentless and implacable foe of the Democratic party, and now they had nominated him for the Presidency. The very prince of protectionists, he had consistently assailed free trade doctrines with all the power with which he was so abundantly endowed. But he was opposed to Grant, and had won the sympathy of the Southern Democrats by stepping forward and signing the bail bond of Jefferson Davis,5 and by his earnest advocacy of universal amnesty. Greeley was accepted by the Democrats simply because they realized the impossibility of contending successfully against Grant with a real Democrat, and they wanted first of all to beat the Republicans and gain office on any terms. It was, in truth, a case of "anything to beat Grant." On June 5 the national Republican convention assembled at Philadelphia and renominated, amid great enthusiasm, General Grant for President without a dissenting voice, and with him Henry Wilson, one of the Massachusetts senators, for Vice President. Wilson, like Lincoln and Johnson, was of humble origin, and early in life followed the occupation of a shoemaker, but by force of character and native ability he rose to be a United States Senator in a State which has always been distinguished for the high character of the men it sends to the upper house of Congress. The platform adopted by the Republicans was devoted largely to glorification of Republican policies and achievements. It declared that the party had "accepted with grand courage the solemn duties of the time," that it had "suppressed a...show more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 558g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236747208
  • 9781236747204