Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Southern Illinois University Press
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Writing about either Abraham Lincoln or Horace Greeley should humble any historian, as nearly every account of their lives recognizes them as extraordinary Americans. When given the opportunity to write about both of them, I was also reminded of an observation from Edwin Emery, an honored media historian, who ...
Introduction: Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley Remembered
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In an event wrongly relegated to a footnote, Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley both visited Chicago for the first time in July 1847, meeting for a political rally that helped secure their careers of national importance in both politics and the press. Organizers had originally promoted the Chicago River and Harbor Convention as ...
1. Self-Made Men
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While the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley generally followed parallel paths, those paths intersected at times, leaving the two men legacies both distinct and interrelated. They shared similar origins and made a natural match in their respective careers of politics and the press. In their early lives, they ...
2. Thirtieth Congressmen
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The dark horse had won, dashing whatever hopes Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley had held for what proved to be Henry Clay’s final presidential bid. President James K. Polk, seeking to extend the territorial reach of the United States across the continent, led the nation into a controversial war with Mexico (1846–48) ...
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3. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Speech, Free Men
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By accident, the saying “Go West, young man, go West” would come to be attributed to Horace Greeley, but in the spring of 1859, Greeley took the advice and set off to explore the area. The previous year, he had upset readers in Illinois—until that time considered part of the West—by supporting Stephen A. Douglas, whom, ...
4. A Fight for Union and for Freedom
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In the months following Abraham Lincoln’s presidential nomination at the Chicago convention, publishers scrambled to find information about him for a voting public that knew little about the Republican candidate from Illinois. Among the most informative of the thirteen Lincoln campaign biographies that appeared in 1860 ...
Conclusion: Re-Remembering Lincoln and Greeley
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As the war entered its final months and only time separated the Union from victory, Abraham Lincoln managed to shed at least some of the excruciating strain that Horace Greeley had sensed in their final meeting. Lincoln’s reelection in November 1864, combined with Union general William Tecumseh Sherman’s devastating ...
Notes on Sources
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Gregory A. Borchard is an associate professor in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He teaches classes in journalism history, reporting, and methods. His research focuses on nineteenth-century newspapers. He is the coauthor, along with David W. Bulla ...
Page Count: 160
Illustrations: 10 B/w halftones
Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: Concise Lincoln Library
Series Editor Byline: Edited by Richard W. Etulain, Sara Vaughn Gabbard, and Sylvia Frank Rodrigue