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The Pen Makes a Good Sword
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This book is a biography of Alabama native John Forsyth Jr. and documents his career as a southern newspaper editor during the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods. From 1837 to 1877 Forsyth wrote about many of the most important events of the 19th century. He used his various positions as an editor, Civil War field correspondent, and Reconstruction critic at the MobileRegister to advocate on behalf of both the South and the Democratic Party.
 
In addition, Forsyth played an active role in the events taking place around him through his political career, as United States Minister to Mexico, state legislator, Confederate Peace Commissioner to the Lincoln administration, staff officer to Braxton Bragg, and twice mayor of the city of Mobile.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: “The Pen Makes a Good Sword”
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 1 “The Great Son of a Noble Sire”
  2. pp. 5-11
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  1. 2 “What Rare Times We New OppositionEditors Will Have”
  2. pp. 12-30
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  1. 3 “We Are in a Fit of Disquiet”
  2. pp. 31-56
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  1. 4 “Cannot We Pause a Moment to Think of Our Country?”
  2. pp. 57-74
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  1. 5 “Sacrificed on the Altar of Duty”
  2. pp. 75-96
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  1. 6 The “Disturber” of the Democracy [Contains Image Plates]
  2. pp. 97-117
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  1. 7 “The Cause of the Union Was Lost”
  2. pp. 123-144
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  1. 8 “The Zenith of Today Is the Nadir of Tomorrow”
  2. pp. 145-173
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  1. Conclusion: “We Never Doubted Where John Forsyth Stood”
  2. pp. 174-187
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 189-214
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 215-227
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-239
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