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In the years immediately following the Civil War, the nation's leaders called desperately for reform as they struggled to rebuild a society scarred by death and mass destruction. Recognizing America's need for enlightened leadership, Republican senator Henry Blair (1834--1920) of New Hampshire embarked on an ambitious crusade to enact dramatic progressive changes.

Henry W. Blair's Campaign to Reform America follows Blair's remarkable political career. At the heart of his efforts was a push to improve the nation's system of public education, but his reform programs addressed a wide range of issues, including legal rights, economic rights, women's suffrage, and racial equality. He consistently supported black voting rights, introduced an antilynching bill in 1894, and worked as a lobbyist with the NAACP at the age of eighty.

In this long-overdue biography, Gordon B. McKinney sheds light on the brilliant career of a man who maintained a strong commitment to reform, liberty, and equality through a formative period in the nation's history. McKinney deftly demonstrates that, despite the social and economic challenges of the time, Senator Blair defended moral reform in a hostile climate and affirmed that the federal government had an important and active role to play in improving American society.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. Early Years
  2. pp. 7-16
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  1. 2. Colonel
  2. pp. 17-30
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  1. 3. Apprentice Lawyer and Politician
  2. pp. 31-52
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  1. 4. Congressman
  2. pp. 53-76
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  1. 5. Origin of the Education Bill
  2. pp. 77-100
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  1. 6. A Sense of Place
  2. pp. 101-112
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  1. 7. Debate and Defeat of the Education Bill
  2. pp. 113-130
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  1. 8. General Reformer
  2. pp. 131-150
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  1. 9. Foreign Policy
  2. pp. 151-164
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  1. 10. New Hampshire Politics
  2. pp. 165-188
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  1. 11. Later Years
  2. pp. 189-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-236
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813140896
Related ISBN
9780813140872
MARC Record
OCLC
864854804
Pages
246
Launched on MUSE
2013-02-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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